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Associate Professor Frank Agbola

Associate Professor

Newcastle Business School (Economics)

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Frank Agbola joined the University of Newcastle, Australia in 2002. Prior to this, Dr Agbola held lecturing positions at Monash University, Australia, Curtin University, Australia, and University of Queensland, Australia. Dr Agbola has a strong background in applied econometrics, development economics and agricultural economics and has published in several top-tier refereed journals. Dr Agbola has taught in the areas of econometrics, business statistics, microeconomics, macroeconomics, development economics, and agricultural economics at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Dr Agbola has supervised and currently supervising a number of PhD and Masters students in the areas of International Economics, Poverty, Efficiency Analysis, SMEs, Supply Chain Management, FDI and Economic Growth, Corporate Social Responsibility anf Firm Performance. Dr Agbola has served as a reviewer for Urban Studies, Economic Modelling, Applied Economics, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Rural Studies, Journal of Social and Economic Development, World Development, Tourism Management, Asia Pacific Economic Literature, Review of Economics and Finance, Energy Economics, Journal of Rural Studies, Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, Journal of Economic Policy Reform, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Agricultural Economics, Energy Economics, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Asian Economics, Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, Australian Economic Papers, Environmental and Development Economics, Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, International Journal of Social Economics, Contemporary Economics, Contemporary Management Research, Ghana Social Science Journal, African Journal of Agricultural Research, African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology, Journal of Business Economics and Management, and African Journal of Tourism and Hospitality. Dr Agbola consulted for Food and Agriculture Organisation, Rome and Grains Research Committee of Western Australia.

Research Expertise
My research expertise is in the area of Applied Econometrics, Development Economics, Agricultural Economics, International Economics, Financial Economics, Tourism Economics and SMEs.

Teaching Expertise
My teaching expertise is in the area of Econometrics, Economics, Financial Economics, Development Economics and Agricultural Economics.

Administrative Expertise
Deputy Head of Newcastle Business School, Head of Economics Discipline, NBS, FBL Research Committee Member, FBL Teaching and Learning Committee Member, Program Convenor for Master of Professional Economics & Graduate Certificate in Professional Economics, Program Convenor for Bachelor of Commerce (Economics), Course Coordinator for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Courses, Economics Discipline Representative on Bachelor of Development Studies Working Group, Economics Discipline Representative on Master of Social Change and Development Working Group, FBL Workload Working Party.

Collaborations
Currently, I am collaborating with: 1. Associate Professor Albert G. Assaf, Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Research focus - Measuring Efficiency in Hotels. 2. Dr Pip Brock, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Research focus - LCA of Agricultural Products.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Agriculture Economics)(Hons), University of Ghana
  • Master of Commerce (Economics and Finance), Curtin University of Technology
  • Graduate Certificate (Practice-Tertiary Teaching), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Development Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Economics
  • Financial Economics
  • International Economics

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
140299 Applied Economics not elsewhere classified 70
140399 Econometrics not elsewhere classified 20
149999 Economics not elsewhere classified 10

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Associate Professor University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/04/2014 -  Deputy Head of School (Research & Teaching and Learning) University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia
1/07/2013 -  Associate Professor of Economics University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School, Faculty of Business and Law
Australia
1/02/2009 - 1/12/2012 Head of Economics Discipline University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia
1/01/2008 - 1/06/2013 Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia
24/06/2002 - 31/12/2007 Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Economics, Politics and Tourism
Australia
1/01/2001 - 1/06/2002 Lecturer Monash University
Business and Law
Australia
1/01/1997 - 1/12/1999 Lecturer Curtin University of Technology
Muresk Institute of Agriculture
1/01/1996 - 1/12/1996 Associate Lecturer University of Queensland Gatton Campus
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2014 -  Membership - International Association of Applied Economics International Association of Applied Economics
Australia
1/01/2012 - 31/12/2014 Membership - The Econometrics Society The Econometrics Society
Australia
1/01/2003 -  Membership - Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society
Australia
1/01/2003 -  Membership - Economic Society of Australia, NSW Chapter Economic Society of Australia, NSW Chapter
Australia

Awards

Recipient

Year Award
2001 The Dynamic Adjustment in South African agriculture, 1965-99
Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 27
Total funding $198,603

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20171 grants / $13,474

Empirical Analysis of the Impact of Foreign Direct Investment on Manufacturing Output in Sub-Saharan Africa$13,474

The recent globalisation phenomenon is reshaping economies around the world by promoting frictionless movement of factors of production. However, some critics argue that globalisation could have an adverse impact on developing economies. Although a plethora of studies have examined the impact of foreign direct investment on economic growth, the FDI-manufacturing output nexus remains sparse. This study aims to provide new insights on the impact of FDI-manufacturing output nexus in Sub-Saharan Africa under changing economic conditions.

Funding body: Guangdong University of Foreign Studies

Funding body Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
Project Team

Professor Chen Wanling

Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Non Competitive
Category 3IFB
UON N

20162 grants / $7,642

Legitimacy Theory and Social Environmental Disclosure: New Empirical Evidence from India$4,642

Funding body: Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Agbola, F.W., Bhattacharyya, A.

Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Foreign direct investment and international trade: new theoretical implications from China's experience$3,000

Funding body: Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Agbola, F.W.

Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20152 grants / $53,000

A collaborative supply chain study, with a focus on pre-farm inputs, using Life Cycle Assessment.$50,000

Funding body: Grains Research and Development Corporation

Funding body Grains Research and Development Corporation
Project Team Professor Michael Stockenhuber, Associate Professor Frank Agbola
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1501061
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Rural R&D
Category 1RS
UON Y

On the determinants of short run economic growth in Ghana$3,000

Funding body: Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Agbola, F.W.

Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20143 grants / $9,810

Does foreign direct investment enhance productivity growth in transition economy? empirical evidence from China$3,826

Funding body: Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Agbola, F.W., Liu, W.S.

Scheme Travel Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Urbanisation and economic growth in Fiji$3,000

Funding body: Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Agbola, F.W., Sami, J.

Scheme Travel Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Economic returns to investment in human capital: new empirical evidence from financial planners in Hong Kong$2,984

Funding body: Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Agbola, F.W., Lam, C.S.

Scheme Travel Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20131 grants / $4,172

Financial crisis and remittance flows to developing countries: some new empirical evidence from selected Asian countries$4,172

Funding body: Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Agbola, F.W.

Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20123 grants / $15,644

On the determinants of economic growth in the Philippines$8,534

Funding body: Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Agbola, F.W.

Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Economic analysis of Olives production in the Hunter Region$4,000

Funding body: Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Agbola, F.W.

Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

On the determinants of remittance flow to Ghana$3,110

Funding body: Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Agbola, F.W.

Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20101 grants / $2,460

What drives economic growth in Ghana?$2,460

Funding body: Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Agbola, F.W.

Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20081 grants / $2,500

European Applied Business Research Conference, Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber, Germany, 16/6/2008 - 20/6/2008$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Frank Agbola
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189018
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20072 grants / $17,740

Chickpea for the 21st Century: Trends, Projections and Policy Implications using the IMPACT-WATER modelling framework$15,240

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Frank Agbola
Scheme Pilot Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187869
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

International Conference on modelling econimic dynamics, Hull, United Kingdom, 23/8/2007 - 25/8/2007$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Frank Agbola
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0188082
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20062 grants / $9,430

The Changing Competitiveness in the World Chickpea Market$5,930

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Frank Agbola
Scheme Collaborative Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186491
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Changing Competitiveness in the World Chickpea Market$3,500

Funding body: International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics

Funding body International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics
Project Team Associate Professor Frank Agbola
Scheme University Grant Partner Funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186849
Type Of Funding International - Non Competitive
Category 3IFB
UON Y

20051 grants / $7,000

Exchange rate pass-through and its real effects on inflation in Ghana$7,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Frank Agbola
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0185722
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20041 grants / $2,500

1st World Congress of Agroforestry (Economy of Ghana Conference), 28 June - 2 July 2004$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Frank Agbola
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0184044
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20032 grants / $8,375

Regional hidden unemployment disparities and persistence: A comparative study of Australia and the US$8,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Frank Agbola
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0183281
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

5th Pathway to Full Employment Conference and the 10th National Conference on Unemployment 10 to 12 December 2003$375

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Frank Agbola
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0183784
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20021 grants / $2,296

Europe's Labour Market Resources, Maastricht, Netherlands 4-5 October, 2002$2,296

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Frank Agbola
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0182505
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20012 grants / $16,000

South Africa: Impact of HIV/AIDS$10,000

Funding body: Monash University

Funding body Monash University
Project Team

Agbola, F.W. Saini, Y., Damoense, M., Firer, S.

Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

Modelling food consumption patterns in developing countries: a case of India and South Africa$6,000

Funding body: Monash University

Funding body Monash University
Project Team

Agbola, F.W., Maitra, P., McLaren, K.

Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2002
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

19992 grants / $26,560

Quantifying the value of grain quality traits in the Indian sub-continent pulse markets$21,560

Funding body: Grains Research Committee of Western Australia

Funding body Grains Research Committee of Western Australia
Project Team

Agbola, F.W., Kelley, T., Bent, M., P-Rao, P.

Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1999
Funding Finish 2000
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

Characterising the Indian Chickpea market - a market survey$5,000

Funding body: Centre for Agribusiness Marketing, Curtin University

Funding body Centre for Agribusiness Marketing, Curtin University
Project Team

Agbola, F.W., Kelley, T., Bent, M., P-Rao, P.

Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1999
Funding Finish 1999
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed14
Current13

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD7.9

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Analysis of Credit Efficiency of Rural Rice Farmers in Northern Ghana PhD (Economics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD Inclusive Growth and Poverty Reduction: How Important are Financial Inclusion and Informality in SSA? PhD (Economics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD Does Mobilising Rural Collective Actions Improve the Farm Households Efficiency? Evidences from Small-Scale Maize Producers in Ethiopia PhD (Economics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD An empirical investigation of the impact of foreign aid and institutions on savings, investment and economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa PhD (Economics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD Regional Integration, Trade Duration and Economic Growth: New Empirical Evidence from the East African Community. PhD (Economics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Exploring Vulnerability of Migrant Women in Vietnam PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD AN EMPIRICAL INVESTIGATION INTO THE ROLE OF ENTREPRENEURIAL BEHAVIOUR AND CAPABILITIES IN INTERNATIONALISATION AND FIRM PERFORMANCE OF AGRO-BASED SMEs IN UGANDA PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD A Study of Supply Chain Integration and Firm Performance: A Case of Grower-Roaster Collaborative Relationships in the Vietnamese Coffee Industry PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Inhibitors of Supply Chain Integration in Manufacturing-based SMEs in Malawi PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Finances, Governance, Economic Growth and Poverty Alleviation in Sub-Saharan Africa - Three Empirical Essays PhD (Economics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Ownership Structure, Managerial Behaviour and 'The New Zealand Productivity Puzzle': Theory, Evidence and Applications PhD (Economics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Capital Structure, Corporate Governance and Firm Performance PhD (Economics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2013 PhD Delivering Sustainabiltiy to Urban Economies: A Case Study of the Lower Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia PhD (Economics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD New Perspectives on Current Account Dynamics in the Pacific Island Economies PhD (Economics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 Masters Microfinance and Poverty Reduction: The Case of Northeastern Mindanao, The Philippines M Philosophy (Economics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Three Empirical Essays on the Ugandan Foreign Exchange Market PhD (Economics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Determining the Key Success Factors of Tourism Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (TSMEs) in Malaysia PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Impact of Networking on Firms' Export Performance: The Case of SMEs in New South Wales, Australia PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD An Investigation of the Effect of Inward Foreign Direct Investment on the Performance in the Chinese Electronic Industry PhD (Economics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2011 PhD Identifying Export Barriers and Export Development of Indonesian Manufacturing Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) PhD (Economics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2009 PhD Financial Development and its Impact on Economic Growth: A Post-Keynesian Empirical Contribution to the Debate on Financial Development PhD (Economics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2009 Honours An empirical analysis of the Australian macroeconomy: a SVAR modelling approach, 2003-2008 Economics, The University of Newcastle Sole Supervisor
2009 Honours Economic analysis of the impact of water trading on the acreage response of irrigators in the Murray-Darling Basin of Australia Economics, The University of Newcastle Sole Supervisor
2006 Honours Should the AWB remain a Single Desk Seller? An Examination of Price Premiums Economics, University of Newcastle Sole Supervisor
2004 PhD Economic Analysis of Intra-Industry Trade between Thailand and other Asian Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Countries PhD (Economics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2004 Honours Modelling House Price Dynamics in Major Australian Capital Cities Economics, University of Newcastle Sole Supervisor
2003 Honours The Impact of House Prices on the Australian Economy Economics, University of Newcastle Sole Supervisor
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News

Research Team Wins Grant Funds

Research Team Wins Grant Funds

October 2, 2015

A collaborative supply chain study, with a focus on pre-farm inputs, using Life Cycle Assessment

Associate Professor Frank Agbola

Positions

Associate Professor
Newcastle Business School
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Focus area

Economics

Contact Details

Email frank.agbola@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 2048
Fax (02) 4921 6911

Office

Room X-729
Building NeW Space
Location City Campus

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