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Dr Belinda Archibong

Assistant Professor of Economics , Barnard College

Barnard College
Milstein Center 1003
New York, New York 10027

BIOGRAPHY: Belinda Archibong is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her research areas include development economics, political economy, economic history and environmental economics with an African regional focus. Her research investigates the role of institutions and environment in inequality of access to public services and the development of human capital. Some current research studies the effects of epidemics on gender gaps in human capital investment, the economics of epidemics, and the impact of air pollution from gas flaring on human capital outcomes; with a focus on the ways in which institutions mitigate or exacerbate the impacts of climate change and environment on inequalities around gender and marginalized groups. Other works study the economics of prisons, the determinants of gender gaps in political participation, the links between taxation and public service provision and the drivers of gender gaps in labor markets in African countries. She is a faculty affiliate at Columbia University's Center for Development Economics and Policy (CDEP), The Earth Institute at Columbia University, the Institute of African Studies, the Institute for Research in African-American Studies, the Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC), and the Center for Environmental Economics and Policy (CEEP).

She joined the Barnard Economics faculty in 2015 and received a B.A. in Economics/Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development from Columbia University. Her CV and further information can also be found on her personal website.


Archibong, B., (2019). “Explaining Divergence in the Long-Term Effects of Precolonial Centralization on Access to Public Infrastructure Services in Nigeria.” World Development, 121: 123-140

Archibong, B., (2018) “Historical Origins of Persistent Inequality in Nigeria.” Oxford Development Studies, 46(3): 325-347

Archibong, B., & Annan, F., (2017). "Disease and Gender Gaps in Human Capital Investment: Evidence from Niger's 1986 Meningitis Epidemic." American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings, 107(5): 530-35

Archibong, B., Modi, V., & Sherpa, S. (2015). “Geography of Infrastructure Functionality at Schools in Nigeria: Evidence From Spatial Data Analysis Across Local Government Areas.” Papers in Applied Geography, 1(2), 176-183

Archibong, B., & Annan, F. (2020). Climate Change, Disease and Gender Gaps in Human Capital Investment. In Women and Sustainable Human Development (pp. 15-35). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Sethi, R., Siddarth, D., Holland, A., Archibong, B., Annan, F., Somanathan, R., Cardenas Camilo, J. (2020). “Toward Global Pandemic Resilience.” COVID-19 Rapid Response Impact Initiative. White Paper 11 Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

Archibong, B., Dekker, H., Grawe, N., Olney, M., Rutz, C., & Weiman, D. (2017). “Forging On-Campus Connections to Enhance Undergraduate Student Reasoning, Writing, and Research Skills.” The Journal of Economic Education, 48(4): 317-326