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Elvis Korku Avenyo is currently a Global Excellence and Stature (GES) Fellow, and Open AIR’s Queen Elizabeth’s Scholar (QES), pursuing postdoctoral research at the SARChI Industrial Development Unit, University of Johannesburg. Elvis obtained his PhD in Economics of Innovation, Policy Studies of Technical Change and Governance from the United Nations University (UNU–MERIT)/Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

He obtained both his Bachelor of Arts (B.A) and Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) degrees in Economics from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. In 2011, he attended the African Economic Research Consortium’s Joint Facility for Electives: Collaborative Masters Programme (CMAP) in Economics, specialising in econometrics and monetary economics. Elvis has worked at the International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva, Maastricht University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FaSoS), Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (MGSoG), among others. He is a member of the Royal Economic Society, Development Studies Association, INET-YSI, Globelics and AfricaLics.

His specialisation focuses on econometrics of firm innovation, informal sector innovation, performance of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), technologies, economic development, impact evaluation and developing countries.