Ibrahim Mike Okumu, PhD

+256 752 016887

Ibrahim Mike Okumu, PhD

Dean & Assoc. Prof.

Department of Policy Development and Economics

Contact Information

Tel: +256 752 016887

Email: ibrahim.okumu@mak.ac.ug | okumuim@gmail.com

Office Location: FEMA Building Room 4.4


Okumu is an Assoc. Prof. at the School of Economics, Makerere University. Okumu is also a World Bank Consultant in the Office of the Chief Economist African Region. Okumu is also an Associate Researcher at the: Economic Policy Research Center, Makerere University; Centre for Dynamic Macroeconomic Analysis, University of St Andrews; and Centre for Basic Research, Kampala Uganda.

Okumu has research interests in economic growth and development, firm and household-level behaviour, public finance, corruption and governance. Okumu has peer-reviewed publications in ranking journals which among others include; Development Policy Review, European Journal of Development Research, African Development Review and South African Journal of Economics. Okumu is also a reviewer for ranking journals such as World Development and African Development Review. Finally, Okumu holds a PhD in Economics of the University of St Andrews (United Kingdom), an MA in Economics (Distinction) from McMaster University (Canada) and a BA Economics (First Class Honours) of Makerere University (Uganda).


  • PhD in Economics, University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom, 2014
  • Master of Arts, Economics (Distinction), McMaster University, Canada, 2009
  • Bachelor of Arts, Economics (Distinction), Makerere University, Uganda, 2004

Research Interests

Economic growth and development, firm and household level behavior, public finance, corruption and governance.

Courses Taught

Development Economics, Welfare Economics, Policy Analysis, Project Planning & Management and Macroeconomics


  • ‘Firm dynamics, job creation and job destruction in Africa: Is the quality of institutional environment relevant?’ (with Patricia Naluwoza and Edward Bbaale), European Journal of Development Research, https://doi.org/10.1057/s41287-022-00507-3
  • ‘Labour productivity in African manufacturing: Does the level of skills development matter?’ (with Joseph Mawejje), Development Policy Review, 38 (4), 441–464, 2020.
  • ‘Agricultural Productivity and Household Welfare in Uganda: Examining the Relevance of Agricultural Improvement Interventions.’ with Kilimani N., Nnyanzi J.B. and Bbaale E. (2020). In: Osabuohien E. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Agricultural and Rural Development in Africa. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • ‘Imported Inputs and Exporting in the Africa’s Manufacturing Sector’, (with Edward Bbaale), World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, 15 (1), 19–30, 2019
  • ‘Innovation and employment growth: Evidence from manufacturing firms in Africa’ (with Edward Bbaale and Madina Mwagale Guloba), Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 8(7), 2019.
  • ‘Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Uganda: A Critical Analysis’ (with Edward Bbaale), Development Policy Review, 37 (6), 735-749, 2019.
  • ‘Job flows and employment growth among manufacturing firms in Africa’ (with Joseph Mawejje), African Development Review, 30 (4), 386–39, 2018.
  • ‘Labour productivity among Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in Uganda: the role of innovation’ (with Faisal Buyinza), Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 7:13, 2018.
  • ‘Corruption and firm-level productivity: greasing or sanding effect?’ with Edward Bbaale, World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, 14 (3), 222–241, 2018.