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Economics Researcher makes UKZN Top 10 Published Students List

October 05, 2017


              SAEF top researcher Mr Adebayo Kutu 


Mr Adebayo Kutu of the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance (SAEF) has been named among the Top 10 student researchers at UKZN for 2016.

The list is made up of students who have performed consistently with their research papers published over the past few years in journals recognised and accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).

Kutu, appointed recently as an Economics lecturer at UKZN, completed a PhD study titled: Monetary Policy Shocks and Industrial Production in BRICS Countries. It investigates emerging market economies (EMEs) in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa which aim to help boost the economic growth of those countries.

His passion for researching monetary economics, macroeconomics and econometrics assists him in solving societal problems that involve money spending.

‘I want to come up with solutions that aim to avoid money mistakes that you can’t afford to make as a human being and help develop the country’s economy in such a way that the society will maximise its utility,’ he said.

Kutu has published papers in the Journal of Economics and Behavioural Studies, and the International Journal of Economics and Finance. He also had the opportunity of presenting a research paper in the USA and will do so again in the United Kingdom.

‘In 2016 I had an opportunity to present a paper at Harvard University and I will also present a paper at Cambridge University in England titled: Monetary Policy and Industrial Output in BRICS: A Markov-Switching Model,’ he said.

Kutu’s achievements also include: SAEF Macroeconomics Working Group, First Runner-Up Research Writing Competition Award; UKZN PhD student award; Second best student at Honours level in the School of Economics, University of Limpopo, sponsored by Economics Research Southern Africa (ERSA), ERSA Conference Travel Grants Award and the Falling Walls Top 20 Young Researchers in South Africa International Competition Grants Award. 

‘I would like to thank my supervisor, role model and mentor Professor Harold Ngalawa. As a student if you see your supervisor working long hours you can’t be lazy and work any less. My motivation came from him as he inspired me to work hard,’ said Kutu.

Kutu wants to progress to be a professional economist relevant in academia and industry as well.

Words by: Sibonelo Shinga

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