School of Accounting, Economics and Finance

Dr Gerry Bokana

Senior Lecturer
Telephone: +27 31 260 7183
Email bokanakg@ukzn.ac.za
Campus: Westville
Building & Room: J Block room 332

Biography:

Dr Gerry Bokana is a development and education economist. He completed his postgraduate qualifications – a BCom (Honours), an MCom, and his PhD in economics – at UKZN. He now teaches and conducts his research at the self-same university, where he was coordinator for the College of Law and Management Studies’ BCom extended curriculum, known as the Access Initiative, and the Enriched Management Studies (EMS) programme. In addition, he is an adjunct lecturer in the MBA Programme at the UKZN Graduate School of Business and Leadership, and lectures on the postgraduate in Finance, Banking, and Investment Management programme. Dr Bokana’s PhD research looked at the economics of education and student trends. This provided him with a sound understanding of the key determinants of poor student throughput rates, and the problems faced by students at university, in general, and those from the disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds, in particular.

At the broader level, he has served as a member of the Council on Higher Education’s (CHE) Teaching and Learning Task Team that conducted a 20-year review of the state of South African Higher Education, highlighting challenges, developments and future prospects. Dr Bokana was also the chairperson of the NRF’s Economic, Management and Actuarial Sciences (EMAS) advisory panel in 2017. His research has focused on using large and longitudinal data sets and systems analysis to address questions related to contemporary international concerns. He speaks English and French.

Academic Qualifications:

BComHons (UKZN)
MCom (UKZN)
PhD (UKZN)

Research Interests:

  • Applied Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Economics of Education
  • Education Economics
  • Econometric Analysis of Time Series
  • Cross Section
  • Panel Data
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Systems Analysis

Membership of Professional & Other Organisations:

Canadian Economic Association (CEA)
Economic Society of South Africa (ESSA)
Society for Research Into Higher Education

Publications

Journal Articles
  • Ogunlesi, A., Bokana, K.G. (2018). Dynamics of Agricultural Productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa: A P-ARDL Model Approach, Acta Universitatis Danubius. Œconomica, Vol. 13, No. 6, pp. 253-266.
  • Oke, D.M., Bokana, K.G. and Shobande, O.A. (2017). Some Correlates of Rural-Urban Led Urbanization in Lagos, Nigeria, Journal of Review of Urban and Regional Development Studies, Volume 29, issue 3, pp. 185 – 195. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/rurd.12067/pdf)
  • Oke, D.M., Ogbuji, I.A. and Bokana, K.G (2017). Deposit Money Banks’ Efficiency in Three Years After, During and Before the 2004-2005 Consolidation in Nigeria: the Puzzle on Size, Journal of Banks and Bank Systems, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp. 193 – 203. (http://dx.doi.org/10.21511/bbs.12(3-1).2017.04)
  • Oke, D.M., Bokana, K.G. and Uddin, G.E. (2017). Food Insecurity in Selected African Countries: Effect of Food Imports Among Other Predictors, Spoudai Journal of Economics and Business, Volume 67, Issue 3, pp. 18 – 31. (http://spoudai.unipi.gr/index.php/spoudai/article/view/2610/2645)
  • Oke, D.M. and Bokana, K.G (2017). Understanding the Theory of Consumption in the Context of a Developing Economy, Journal of Economics and Behavioral Studies, Vol. 9, No. 5, pp. 219 – 229. (DOI: https://doi.org/10.22610/jebs.v9i5.1925)
  • Akinola, G.W. and Bokana, K.G. (2017). A Comparative Analysis of Effects of Education on Sub-Saharan Africa’s Economic Growth, Journal of Economics and Behavioral Studies, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp. 187-200. (https://ifrnd.org/journal/index.php/jebs/article/view/1833)(https://doi.org/10.22610/jebs.v9i4.1833)
  • Bokana, K.G. and Akinola, G.W. (2017). Productivity Effects of Higher Education Human Capital in Selected Countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, Journal of Economics and Business, Casopis Za Ekonomosku Teoriju I Prasksu, Vol. 35, No. 1, pp. 173-198. (https://www.efri.uniri.hr/sites/efri.uniri.hr/files/cr-collections/2/04-bokana-akinola-2017-1-1498801026.pdf)
  • Akinola, G.W. and Bokana, K.G. (2017). Human Capital, Higher Education Enrolment and Economic Growth in the SSA Countries (Panel Model Approach), Journal of Economics and Behavioral Studies, Vol. 9, No. 6, pp. 215-226. Available at: https://ifrnd.org/journal/index.php/jebs/article/view/2018>. DOI: (https://doi.org/10.22610/jebs.v9i6.2018)
  • Oke, D.M., Bokana, K.G. and Shobande, O.A. (2017). Re-Examining the Nexus between Exchange and Interest Rates in Nigeria. Journal of Economics and Behavioral Studies, Vol. 9, No. 6, pp. 47-56. Available at: https://ifrnd.org/journal/index.php/jebs/article/view/2004> DOI https://doi.org/10.22610/jebs.v9i6.2004.
  • Oke, D.M., Bokana, K.G. and Soluade, A. (2017). Re-examining Exchange Rate Regimes and Inflation Nexus: An ARDL Analysis for Nigerian Case. Acta Universitatis Danubius. Œconomica, Vol. 13, No. 6, pp. 253-266. Available at: http://journals.univ-danubius.ro/index.php/oeconomica/article/view/4331/4326
  • Bokana, K.G., (2015). Enrolment Growth, University Funding and the Quest for New Paradigms in South Africa’s Higher Education. Alternation, No. 16, pp. 189 – 212. (http://alternation.ukzn.ac.za/Files/docs/22%20SpEd16/0920F.pdf)
  • Bokana, K.G. and Tewari, D.D. (2014). Determinants of Students Success at A South African University: An Econometric Analysis, The Anthropologist, Vol. 17 (1), pp. 259 -277. (http://www.krepublishers.com/02-Journals/T-Anth/Anth-17-0-000-14-Web/Anth-17-1-000-14-Abst-PDF/T-ANTH-17-1-259-14-823-Bokana-K-G/T-ANTH-17-1-259-14-823-Bokana-K-G-Tx[29].pmd.pdf)
  • Bokana, K.G. (2013). Pigovian Tax Dynamics and Net Income Earnings in Commercial Timber Plantations in South Africa: A General Algebraic Modeling System Analysis, Journal of Economics, Vol. 4, Issue 1, pp. 11 – 18. (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09765239.2013.11884960)
  • Bokana, K.G. (2010). The Attrition Crisis in South African Universities. How to Keep Students on the Graduation Path, The Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics, Vol. 22, pp. 181 – 201. (http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/02601079X10002200302)
  • Tewari, D.D., Braimoh, L. and Bokana, K.G. (2009). Factors Affecting the Malaria Epidemics and Its Economic Impacts on Households in Lagos State, Nigeria, Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics, Vol. 21, pp. 79 – 86. (http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/02601079X09002100107)
  • Bokana, K.G. (2008). Tax Dynamics and Net Income Earnings in Commercial Eucalyptus Plantations in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Using GAMS; Franklin Business and Law Journal, Vol. 2008, Issue 2, pp. 1 – 27.
  • Tewari, D.D., Deis, M. and Bokana, K.G. (2008). An Econometric Analysis of the Performance of Students in Introductory Accounting and Economics Courses at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Global Education Journal, Vol. 2008, Issue 1, pp. 47 – 74.
  • Books and Book Chapters
    • Bokana, K.G. (with members of CHE Task Teams) (2016): South African Higher Education Reviewed – Two Decades of Democracy (http://www.che.ac.za/media_and_publications/monitoring-and-evaluation/south-african-higher-education-reviewed-two-decad-0)
    • Zhikali, J. and Bokana, K.G. (2013). “Critical Reflections on Management Studies’ Access, Chapter 8”, in Dhunpath & Renuka (Eds) (2013): Alternative Access to Higher Education in South Africa: Reflective of Under-prepared Students or Under-prepared Institutions? Pearson, Pp. 147-163. (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/270449563_Alternative_Access_to_Higher_Education_Underprepared_Students_or_Underprepared_Institutions)
    Conference Proceedings
    • (31th May-3rd June 2018) Agricultural Productivity And Food Security Stability in Sub-Saharan Africa: LSDV and SYS-GMM Approach. Part of a session “CDESG: Food Security” organized by the Canadian Economics Association, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
    • (21th-25th May 2018) Agricultural Productivity And Food Security In A Macroeconomic Policy Environment: The Case Of Sub-Saharan Africa. The International Journal of Art and Sciences (IJAS) International Conference for Academic Disciplines. Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Harvard University, Boston, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    • (15th-17th December 2017) Determinants of Higher Education Enrolment in Selected Sub-Saharan African Countries. The ICSABE 2017 – International Conference on Social Science, Arts, Business and Education, New York – U.S.A.
    • (29th October, 2017) Productivity Effects of Higher Education Human Capital in Some Selected Sub Saharan Africa Countries. The College of Law and Management Studies Annual Research Day, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.
    • (18th – 20th September, 2017) The Sub Saharan Africa’s Higher Education: Determinants and Policy Implications. The Accounting, Economics and Finance Conference. University of Cambridge, London, United Kingdom.
    • (30th August – 1st, Sept. 2017) Productivity Effects of Higher Education Human Capital in Some Selected Sub Saharan Africa Countries. The Economics Society of South Africa Conference, Rhodes University, Grahams Town, South Africa.
    • (13th – 15th July, 2017) Exchange rate regimes and inflation in Nigeria: An ARDL analysis. The 43rd International Business Research Conference, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.
    • (20th January, 2017) Higher Education Enrolment, Human Capital and Economic Growth in Selected Countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. The School of Accounting, Economics and Finance Research Week, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
    • (October, 2016) Determinants of Higher Education Enrolment in Nigeria. The College of Law and Management Annual Research Day, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.
    • (29th – 30th September, 2016) Food insecurity and food imports in Selected African economies. The College of Law and Management Studies Research Day, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville Campus, Durban, South Africa.
    • (6th – 8th July, 2016) Determinants of Higher Education Enrolment in Nigeria. The Management, Business Administration and Legal Initiatives (MBALI) Conference, University of Zululand, Richards Bay, South Africa.
    • (23rd – 27th May 2016) Determinants of Access to Healthcare in Africa: Application of the Robust Standard Errors for Panel Regressions with Cross-Sectional Dependence. The International Journal of Art and Sciences (IJAS) International Conference for Academic Disciplines, (Wednesday 25th May, Room 214, Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur), Harvard University, Boston, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
      (https://ijas2016harvard.sched.com/event/79f2/determinants-of-access-to-healthcare-in-africa-application-of-the-robust-standard-errors-for-panel-regressions-with-cross-sectional-dependence).
    • (26th November 2014) Taxonomy of Academic Monitoring and Support for Students in South African Universities. The 2nd Annual Research Colloquium on Academic Monitoring and Support, Beyond Academic Development: Reconceptualising and Institutionalising Academic Monitoring and Support, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Graduate School of Business and Leadership, Westville Campus, Durban, South Africa, Wednesday.
    • (25th – 27th September 2014) The Projected Enrolment Growth, University Funding, and The Quest For New Paradigms in South Africa’s Higher Education. The 8th Annual Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference (TLHEC), Comparative Perspectives on Higher Education Systemic Change, Curriculum Reform, Quality Promotion and Professional Development, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Edgewood Campus, Durban, South Africa.
    • (11th – 13th December 2013) The Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) 2013 Annual Conference, Experiencing Higher Education: Global Trends and Transformations. Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, South Wales, United Kingdom.
    • (25th – 27th September 2013) The 7th Annual Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Re-envisioning African Higher Education: Alternative Paradigms, Emerging Trends and New Directions. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Edgewood Campus, Durban, South Africa.
    • (5th – 6th June 2013) The SOLSTICE Centre for Teaching and Learning (CLT) Conference, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire, United Kingdom.
    • (27th – 31th May 2012) Pigovian Tax Dynamics and Net Income Earnings in Commercial Timber Plantations in South Africa: A GAMS Analysis. The International Journal of Art and Sciences (IJAS) International Conference for Academic Disciplines, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
    • (28th – 30th September 2011) Performance of Students in the Faculty of Management Studies: An Econometric Analysis. The International Conference on Business Management Challenges (BMC) in the Decade Ahead, Durban, South Africa.
    • (7th – 10th June 2011) Swaying from Perfunctory Agriculture to Agriculture-based Development: What Are the Incentives for Africa? The International Journal of Art and Sciences (IJAS) International Conference for Academic Disciplines, Aix-En-Provence, France.
    • (2010) Synopsis of the DRC’s Half-Century of Independence from Belgium: Economic and Pastoral Views (with Pastor Benjamin Lukola). Seminar Series, School of Economics and Finance, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.
    • (5th – 7th November 2009) The Attrition Crisis in South African Universities. How to Keep Students on the Graduation Path. The International Conference on Business Management Challenges (BMC) in Turbulent Economic Times, Durban, South Africa,
    • (2008) Swaying from Perfunctory Agriculture to Agriculture-based Development: What Are the Incentives for Africa? Seminar Series, School of Economics and Finance, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.
    • (2008) Academic Performance of Students in the College of Law and Management Studies: An Econometric Analysis. Seminar Series, School of Economics and Finance, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.