Professor Phocenah Nyatanga


Associate Professor, AL: Economics
Telephone: 033 260 5522
Campus: Pietermaritzburg
Building & Room: New Arts Building, Room 325A


Dr Phocenah Nyatanga is a Senior Lecturer in Economics, and current Academic Leader: Economics for the Pietermaritzburg Campus. Her teaching spans both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, with specialisation in teaching quantitative economics and postgraduate econometrics. Her research typically utilises secondary data, and research interests include international trade and development economics.

Academic Qualifications

  • Ph.D., Economics, Tottori University, Japan (September 2011).
  • MA., Economics, University of Denver, USA (June 2004).
  • B.Sc., Economics, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe (May 1999).

Research Interests

  • Consumer Behaviour
  • International and Development Economics
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Teaching and Learning

Recent Publications

  • Nyatanga P. & Mukorera S. (2019) “Effects of lecture attendance, aptitude, individual heterogeneity, and pedagogic intervention on student performance: a probability model approach”, Innovations in Education & Teaching International (IETI). Vol. 5, No.2. pp. 195 – 205.
  • Buthelezi E. & Nyatanga P. (2018) “Government debt and economic growth: evidence from ECOWAS and SADC” African Journal of Business and Economic Research, Vol. 13, No 3, pp. 7 – 25.
  • Patrick R. & Nyatanga P. (2018) “South Africa’s trade performance under alternative exchange rate regimes” Journal of Economics and Behavioral Studies (JEBS), Vol. 10 [S.l.], No 6, pp. 261 – 271.
  • Gebresilassie Y.H., & Nyatanga P. (2017). “Efficiency of the Ethiopian Health Extension Program: An Application of Data Envelopment Analysis” Eurasian Journal of Business and Economics. Vol. 10, No 19, pp. 99 – 126.
  • Mukorera S. & Nyatanga P. (2017) “Students’ Perceptions of Teaching and Learning Practices: A Principal Component Approach”, Alberto Journal of Educational Research. Vol. 63, No 2, pp. 99 – 126.
  • Nyatanga P. (2017). “An error correction analysis of Zimbabwe’s trade performance and development under alternative trade policy regimes”, Foreign Trade Review Vol. 5, No.2. pp. 90 – 105.