Michael Danquah

Michael Danquah, a development economist, is a Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER currently serving as co-focal point for the project Transforming informal work and livelihoods within UNU-WIDER’s 2019–23 work programme.

He was formerly a Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Ghana. His research interests include economic development (growth, inequality and poverty), national efficiency, innovation and productivity growth, applied econometrics and policy evaluation.

Content by Michael Danquah
  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Informality and COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa

    The size, nature, and significance of the informal sector in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have important implications for how countries are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as how policymakers can manage the ensuing socio-economic shocks. This policy brief discusses how informality complicates the implementation of COVID-19 containment measures. It addresses...

    20 Oct 2020 | Egas Daniel, Michael Danquah, Camilla Sacchetto , Henry Telli

  • Project

    Dealing with single-use plastics: Examining the economic effect of a ban in Ghana

    Many cities in sub-Saharan Africa are increasingly experiencing widespread usage of single-use plastic products and the associated littering. This is having a devastating impact on economies, ecosystems, infrastructure and human lives. Single-use plastics are used only once before they are disposed of or recycled. These items include plastic bags, sachets, straws and...

    3 Dec 2019 | Michael Danquah, Ebenezer Amankwaa, Elizabeth-Nancy Amoyaw, Jones Obeng, Hendrick Dwommoh-Mensah

  • Project

    The impact of public investment in graduate training on development outcomes in Ghana

    Over the years, successive governments in Ghana have prepared and implemented various development plans, all aimed at providing opportunities for job creation. The recent government’s coordinated programme of economic and social development policies - launched in April 2018 - puts job creation and the promotion of higher incomes at the core of policy objectives. To...

    2 Dec 2019 | Michael Danquah, Abdul Malik Iddrisu

  • Publication - Project Report

    Informality and the tax gap: A case of non-farm enterprises in Ghana (Final report)

    12 Aug 2016 | Eric Osei-Assibey, Michael Danquah

  • Project

    Informality and the tax gap: A case of non-farm enterprise in Ghana

    Effective tax revenue mobilisation is important for sustained economic growth. In Ghana, tax avoidance and evasion is widespread, mainly in the informal sector, in which 86% of the country’s workforce is employed. In this project, researchers estimated the revenue currently lost through tax avoidance in the informal sector. Of the potential tax revenue to be...

    4 Sep 2015 | Michael Danquah, Eric Osei-Assibey