John K. Kwakye, Dr

Dr. J. K. Kwakye is a Senior Economist at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), Ghana, where he is actively involved in the Institute’s research and advocacy work. Dr. Kwakye has researched and published extensively on monetary, fiscal, and exchange rate policies, inflation, the cost of credit, foreign aid, debt sustainability and Ghana’s middle-income status. Dr. Kwakye is responsible for the IEA’s review and appraisal of the Ghanaian economy and government’s budget and economic policy statements.

Before joining the IEA, Dr. Kwakye worked with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, D.C., as Advisor to the Executive Director and as Ghana’s representative at the IMF. He also worked with the Bank of Ghana and rose to the position of Assistant Director and Deputy Head of the Research Department.

Dr. Kwakye holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Reading, with concentration in Open Economy Macroeconomics and Development Economics. Dr. Kwakye has authored or co-authored several publications/articles on economic theory and policy

Works by this author

"High Lending Rates in Ghana: What is the Solution?"

Has Ghana Taken Liberal Economic Policies too Far — and at What Cost?

Key Policy Initiatives for Ghana’s Post COVID-19 Recovery

The Recent Slide In The Cedi Should Be A Wake-Up Call

Ghana’s Middle-Income Reality Check Part II: Social And Infrastructure Dimensions

The Petroleum Sector Should Be Fully Deregulated And Depoliticized In The National Interest

Africa Can And Must Overcome Its Addiction To Foreign Aid

Assessment Of Inflation Trends Management And Macroeconomic Effects In Ghana

The Problem Of High Interest Rates: Don’t Control But Please Regulate

Determination Of Real Exchange Rate Misalignment For Ghana

Overcoming Africa’s Addiction To Foreign Aid: A Look At Some Financial Engineering To Mobilize Other Resources

Ghana’s Middle-Income Reality Check Part I: The Economic Dimension

Mitigating The Costs Of “Washington Consensus” Policies: Titbits For Ghana And Other African Countries

Righting The Ills Of Budget Preparation, Implementation And Oversight In Ghana

The Perils Of “A Guggisberg Economy”

African Countries Should Control Their Economic Destiny And Not Mortgage It To Washington

Liquidation Of The TOR Debt: Why Securitization Is A Better Option Than Recovery Through Petroleum Prices

Ghana Still Has To Overcome Despite The Rise To Middle Income Status Several Challenges

Ghana’s Middle-Income Status Has Several Gaps That Need To Be Filled

Single-Digit Inflation And The Cost Of Living Dichotomy In Ghana

The Answer To The Cedi’s Weakness Is To Address The Economy’s Fundamentals

Five Years Of Inflation-Targeting In Ghana: What Has Changed And What Needs To Change Further To Enhance The Process?

Budget Discipline Should Be Entrenched In Ghana As A Policy Priority

Ghana's Debt Profile and Sustainability

Financial Intermediation and the Cost of Credit in Ghana

High Interest Rates in Ghana, A Critical Analysis