Parallel session
Measuring and understanding African inequality

Parallel 4.4 | Room 4: Thursday, 6 October 2022, 11:00-12:30 (UTC-5)

This session is organized and sponsored jointly with the African Centre of Excellence for Inequality Research (ACEIR) in collaboration with the World Income Inequality Database (WIID) project. The papers in this session discuss the levels and trend of inequality in Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. 


11:00-12:30 (UTC-5)

Murray Leibbrandt | Chair and presenter

The African inequality discussion in the light of Ghana, Kenya and South Africa

Murray Leibbrandt is Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Town and a Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER. In this capacity, and as Director of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU), he leads the South African arm of UNU-WIDER’s Inequality in the Giants project. A UNU-WIDER Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow, Professor Leibbrandt is part of the Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development project. He is currently co-organizing one of the project’s six thematic sub-components focusing on the various dimensions of inequality in South Africa.

Carlos ​Gradín | Co-Chair

Carlos is a Research Fellow at the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER). He is on leave of absence from his previous appointment as professor of applied economics at the University of Vigo. Carlos holds a PhD in economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. His main research interest is the study of poverty, inequality and discrimination in both developed and developing countries. He is especially interested in those inequalities that occur between population groups (i.e. by gender, race, or ethnicity). His research deals with enhancing the empirical evidence as well as methodological tools for the measurement and understanding of those issues.

Monica Lambon-Quayefio | Presenter

Inequality in Ghana

Dr Monica Lambon-Quayefio is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics, University of Ghana, and a Research Fellow at the Ghana node of the Africa Centre of Excellence in Inequality Research. Her broad research interests are demographic and health economics with a particular focus on human capital development and labour market outcomes in developing country contexts.

Moses Muriithi | Presenter

Inequality in Kenya

Moses Muriithi hold a Ph.D. in Economics from University of Nairobi and currently a Senior Lecturer in the department of Economics and development studies at same university. He heads Health Economics Unit in Department. His current research affiliation includes, Africa Center of Excellent in Inequality Research (ACEIR), African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Global National Transfer Account (GNTA) and researcher in Counting Women Work (CWW) project.

Takwanisa Machemedze | Presenter

Inequality in South Africa

Takwanisa Machemedze is a Research Officer at DataFirst, a research data centre at the University of Cape Town. His research interests include demography, inequality, remote sensing and public health. He holds a BSc. Honours (Statistics) from the University of Zimbabwe, MPhil (Demography) and PhD (Sociology) both from the University of Cape Town.