B.S., Economics with Quantitative Studies option, Oklahoma State University, Magna Cum Laude, 2007
M.S., Economics with a Graduate Minor is Statistics, Oklahoma State University, 2009
Ph.D., Economics, Oklahoma State University, December 2011
Applied Econometrics, Applied Computational Statistical Modelling, Applied Micro-economics, International Economics.
- Niankara, I.; Zoungrana, T.D.; Traoret, R.I. (2020), “Health and Environmental Consciousness Effects of Wealth in Low Income Countries: Evidence from Households’ Energy, Water, and Sanitation Services Consumption in Burkina Faso”, International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies, (Forthcoming)
- Muqattash, R.; Niankara, I.; Traoret, R. I. (2020), Survey data for COVID-19 vaccine preference analysis in the United Arab Emirates, Data in Brief, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2020.106446
- Niankara, I. (2020), The role of english language proficiency on immigrants health and economic integration in the US, International Journal of Economics and Business Research, 20(3), 255-287. DOI: 10.1504/IJEBR.2020.110445
- Niankara, I.; Noor Al adwan, M.; Niankara, A. (2020). The Role of Digital Media in Shaping Youth Planetary Health Interests in the Global Economy. Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity, 6(3), 49. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/joitmc6030049
- Niankara, I., & Muqattash, R. (2020). The impact of financial inclusion on consumers saving and borrowing behaviours: a retrospective cross-sectional evidence from the UAE and the USA. International Journal of Economics and Business Research, 20(2), 217-242. DOI: 10.1504/IJEBR.2020.109152
- Niankara, I., & Adkins, L. C. (2020). Youth Awareness and Expectations about GMOs and Nuclear Power Technologies within the North American Free Trade Bloc: A Retrospective Cross-Country Comparative Analysis. Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity, 6(2), 34. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/joitmc6020034
- Niankara, I. (2020). The relative influence of inter-generational co-residence on healthcare market and labour market outcomes in post-Affordable Care Act USA. Global Business and Economics Review, 22(3), 213-248. DOI: 10.1504/GBER.2020.106239
- Niankara, I. (2019). Scientific media dieting and youth awareness and expectations about the environmental issues of deforestation and species extinction in the Middle East and North America. World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, 15(3), 252-282. DOI: 10.1504/WRSTSD.2019.102116
- Niankara, I. (2019). Panel and geospatial data for US FDIC insured banks fiduciary activities and annual performance analyses over the periods 2016 to 2018. Data in brief, 25, 104358. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2019.104358
- Niankara, I., & Niankara, A. (2019). The relative influence of generic essential drugs and nursing staff supply shortages on primary healthcare access in Burkina Faso. International Journal of Economics and Business Research, 18(2), 129-154. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1504/IJEBR.2019.101309
- Niankara, I., & Hassan, H. I. (2019). Data for the spatiotemporal analysis of US global banks’ exposure to foreign counterparty risks. Data in brief, 25, 103964. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2019.103964
- Niankara, I., & Traoret, R. I. (2019). Formal education and the contemporaneous dynamics of literacy, labour market participation and poverty reduction in Burkina Faso. International Journal of Education Economics and Development, 10(2), 148-172. DOI: 10.1504/IJEED.2019.098679
- Niankara, I. (2019). Gender inequality in literacy status and its effects on households economic well-being in Burkina Faso: a semi-parametric bivariate sample selection modelling approach. International Journal of Economics and Business Research, 17(2), 218-242. DOI: 10.1504/IJEBR.2019.097657
- Niankara, I. (2019). Modelling the effects of exposure to risk on junior faculty productivity incentives under the academic tenure system. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, 11(3), 313-322. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/20421338.2018.1527880
- Niankara, I., & Zoungrana, D. T. (2018). Interest in the biosphere and students environmental awareness and optimism: A global perspective. Global Ecology and Conservation, 16, e00489. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2018.e00489
- Niankara, I. (2018). Organisational management culture and employers' health insurance offering strategies in the USA: an Ubuntu-based random utility modelling approach. Global Business and Economics Review, 20(4), 503-520. DOI: 10.1504/GBER.2018.092767
Statistics for Business Decision-Making, Math for Business, Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Statistics & Research Methodology, Production and Operations Management, Business Ethics.
The Econometric Society : https://www.econometricsociety.org/ (Jan 2020 - Jan 2022)
Youth’s access to ICT resources and subjective well-being in the Middle East: A Spatial bivariate copula regression analysis
أكتوبر 04, 2020
This study relies on a spatial bivariate copula regression analysis of data on youth respondents from five Middle Eastern countries, extracted from the 2018 Program for international students’ assessment (PISA). Focusing specifically on evaluating the availability of ICT resources to the youth population, and also identifying the impact of ICT resources on youth subjective well-being in the region, we find that except for the UAE and Qatar that have above OECD average youth performance on the ICT resource index, youth from the remaining countries reported below OECD level average access to ICT resources. The within region cross-country comparative analysis of ICT resources availability to the youth population at home, also highlighted significant heterogeneity across the five countries. Furthermore, controlling for not only cross-country spatial correlations, and factors such as home educational resources, parental occupation status, youth expected occupation status, economic and socio-cultural status, age, gender, and grade level in school; we found that every standard deviation increase in ICT resources to the youth population in the region raises their school related subjective well-being by 1.88% standard deviations.
Education's effect on Food and Monetary Security in Burkina Faso: A Joint Semi-parametric and Spatial Analysis
أكتوبر 04, 2020
This paper tests human capital theory predictions with respect to formal education, using Burkina Faso's 2014 National Survey on Households Living Conditions, along with geospatial meta-data and semi-parametric modeling techniques. In its design the study relies on households “willingness and ability” to spend annually a per-capita amount above the poverty thresholds to characterize “household food security” and “monetary security”. We find that relaxing the linearity and independence assumptions provide for a more robust representation of the systemic and inter-dependent relationship that exists between education, food and monetary security. In fact, education is found to increase the joint likelihood of food and monetary security in the country. Specifically, compared to households headed by individuals with no education, those headed by primary, secondary or higher educated individuals are respectively 19.8%, 49.7% and 1.189 times more likely to experience food security, and respectively 40.1%, 77% and 1.723 times more likely to come out of poverty. Furthermore, the high positive correlation (0.927) between the incidence of food and monetary security suggests that coordinated efforts in the food and education sectors will have much greater impact on the country's sustainable development, than isolated initiatives.
Determinant factors of supplemental Insurance coverage with flexible spending accounts in the United States
أكتوبر 04, 2020
This study investigates the determinants of supplemental coverage and flexible spending accounts (FSAs) enrollments among US health care consumers. It does so using a pooled cross-section of the 2015-2016 national health interview surveys (NHIS), along with (semi)parametric bi-variate probit modeling methods. We find that supplemental coverage and FSAs are complement health solutions with a positive 14.7% correlation. The findings also emphasize that the most important trigger factors influencing the joint probability of supplemental coverage and FSAs enrollment include not only the paid premium for basic coverage, but also age, education, marital status, number of work hours, region of residency, citizenship status, and annual health expenditure level. It is also found that controlling for these latter factors, health status fails to significantly influence FSAs enrollment decisions. Furthermore, despite the fact that the relative frequency of individuals with FSAs rises with increasing levels of medical expenditure, individuals with greater medical care spending are found to have a lesser likelihood of FSAs enrollment in the USA.
أكتوبر 04, 2020
In order to meet the needs of an increasingly complex research landscape, researchers engage in collaborative production and consumption through open data sharing and reuse. Although significant gains have been achieved in this regards because of growing requirements from funding agencies, governments and journals, the question of how reuse of openly available data for new research contribute to sustainability is yet to be appropriately addressed in the literature. Therefore, relying on a three stage stratified clustered random sampling of the Journal of Applied Econometrics data archive (JAEDA), the present research provides a case study of the value of research data recycling for sustainable research and economic development. More specifically our analysis show that reformatting from wide to long format, openly shared equity price index data on eleven European countries’ extracted from JAEDA, and augmented with country level geospatial Meta data, provides a new basis for interesting descriptive analytics and spatio-temporal econometric modeling and inference. Given the ever-increasing volume of openly available research data, our study provides a first-hand insight on open data reuse, which should benefit all stakeholders in the research community, as they seek sustainable solutions for scientific productivity and progress.
Government and private sectors electronic transfer practices and financial inclusion in the economic community of the West African States
أكتوبر 04, 2020
Relying on a pooled-cross-sectional panel of the 2014 and 2017 Global Findex data, and a Random Utility Theoretic Model for revealed financial preferences data analysis, this paper examines the impact of government and private sector electronic transfer practices on financial inclusion, in terms of individuals’ ability to save and borrow within the Economic Community of the West African States (ECOWAS). For sensitivity analysis, we adopt a sequential empirical strategy in which we estimate and contrast four specifications of the saving and borrowing processes. Overall, our findings are stable across all specifications and show that along with socio-economic factors such as age and income, public welfare transfers and employment based salary transfers foster financial inclusion by significantly raising individuals’ marginal propensity to save (MPS) (by 11.6% and 12.9% respectively) and marginal propensity to borrow (MPB) (by 12.6% and 8.2% respectively) within ECOWAS. We found however that within ECOWAS, both MPS and MPB have decreased by 21.4% and 7.2% respectively between 2014 and 2017. Therefore, in addition to other economic growth promoting fiscal tools in the government toolkit, mandates on public (government to citizens) and private (Business to citizens) electronic financial transfers are significant policy leverages for improving financial inclusion and growth within ECOWAS.
A Random Utility Model of Stated Vaccine Preferences Analysis: With application to COVID-19 Vaccine Demand in the UAE
أكتوبر 04, 2020
Vaccine demand and overall uptake in a health or economic system has the potential to drive herd immunity, a required condition for controlling the societal impact of vaccine preventable diseases. With significant financial commitments to found a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine still ongoing, this study introduces a random utility theoretic behavioral health model to analyze individuals' prospective demand for the vaccine in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). To this end, we use a cross-sectional sample of stated vaccine preferences data collected online using the snowball method, between July 4th and August 4th 2020, gathering 1109 responses across all seven Emirates of the UAE. We found that in addition to socio-economic and demographic influences, the factors affecting individuals' preferences for the prospective COVID-19 vaccine in the UAE include those put forth by the WHO's SAGE group on immunization. Though the estimated indirect cost, in the form of expected marginal utility of time spent to get the vaccine is not statistically significant, the expected marginal utility for every dirham spent to get the vaccine is -1.76 AED, and significant. Our study thus contributes methodologically to the literature on vaccine demand in general, and vaccine hesitancy in particular. It also contributes to the nascent empirical evidence on the novel coronavirus disease; by providing significant insights for evidence, based policy making that should increase the effectiveness of any prospective COVID-19 vaccination program in the UAE.
Analysis of Precautionary Face Masking and Social Distancing for COVID-19 prevention in the UAE: A Social Cognitive Random Utility Modeling Approach
أكتوبر 04, 2020
Following the numerous studies reporting on the value of face masking (FM) and social distancing (SD) as non-pharmaceutical control measures for curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, and the subsequent adoption of these measures by the UAE ministry of health and health authorities as part of the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this study introduced a Random Utility based Social Cognition Model (RUSCM) to analyze individual’s adherence to the two precautionary measures of face masking and social distancing in public, and their determinant factors in the UAE. We achieved this using a cross-sectional sample of 1109 respondents’ attitudes and perceptions towards COVID-19 and its prospective vaccine in United Arab Emirate (UAE), which was collected online between July 4th and August 4th 2020 using the snowball sampling method. Our findings revealed significant spatial heterogeneity in individuals' adherence to FM and SD measures in public. Indeed, compared to their counterparts living in the other five remaining Emirates, Abu Dhabi residents are found to be 38.5% and 29.4% more likely to FM and SD in public, while Dubai residents show 65.3% and 47.7% more likelihood of FM and SD in public. Although no income gradient is found in FM nor SD behaviors, we find that individuals anticipating the prospective COVID-19 vaccine to be affordable are respectively 22.7% and 39.1% less likely to FM and SD in public, than their counterparts who perceive cost as a significant barrier to vaccine uptake. Conversely, we find a gender based gradient in individuals' adherence to COVID-19 preventive measures in public, with females showing respectively 28.5% and 28.8% greater likelihood of FM and SD than their male counterparts. Moreover, among the various dimensions of life (professional, family, and Social), the latest dimension appears to hold the greatest impact on individuals' likelihood of FM and SD in public; at respectively 43.1% and 28.9% more for each level increase in awareness of COVID-19 impact on one’s social life. Finally, compared to individuals' relying on other sources of information, those relying mostly on UAE government's website, and on general internet search are respectively 47% and 27.3% more likely to FM in public; although no significant relative difference is found in SD likelihood from these different sources of information.
Pooled cross-sectional panel of the 2015-2018 PISA student questionnaire data files for the evaluation of youth related strategies implemented under the UN 2030 Agenda for sustainable development
أكتوبر 04, 2020
This data article is a follow up to the cross-national data on the environmental affection and cognition of adolescent students of varying levels of interest in ecosystem services and sustainability . The data is being provided as a pooled cross-sectional panel of the 2015  and 2018  publicly released student questionnaire data files from the Programme for International Student assessment (PISA). The 2015 cross-section was used in the studies “Interest in the biosphere and students’ environmental awareness and optimism: A global perspective”  and “Scientific media dieting and students’ awareness and expectations about the environmental issues of deforestation and species extinction in the Middle East and North America: An integrated cross cultural ecologic-economic analysis” . The present article presents key information and indicators on the world youth population before and after United Nations (UN) country members’ adoption of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development in 2015. In doing so, it provides about a five year window of facts and figures, which can be used by researchers and policy makers to evaluate the effectiveness of early stage implementation of SDGs strategies in relation to youth education, access to information and communication technologies (ICT), and well-being worldwide. The presented data covers 409747 youth respondents distributed across 46 countries, 199511 of the respondents are from the 2015 cross-section, and the remaining 210236 from the 2018 cross-section. The data is further supplemented with spatial metadata containing the geographical coordinates of each of the covered 46 countries, which can be used for spatial Analysis and econometric modeling as illustrated in the present data article.
أكتوبر 04, 2020
Although household and business surveys generally collect regional codes, indicators are usually not tabulated by that dimension in international comparisons , as a result information on the extent of regional disparities or dispersion within countries is often unavailable . This is why a call was made for collaboration between international organizations and G20 countries and partner countries to make regional data available, by advancing on methods to make microdata more accessible for progress . The present data article inscribes itself within this context with the aim of bridging the above highlighted data gap. We achieve this by capitalizing on the 2014 Burkina Faso’s National Survey on Households Living Conditions, to provide regional and provincial levels aggregated households’ welfare indicators, along with socio-economic and demographic characteristics in Burkina Faso. The presented welfare extract, which covers 10411 households distributed across 45 provinces, and grouped into 13 administrative regions, is further supplemented with geospatial meta-data for analyses in the space dimension.
أكتوبر 04, 2020
In response to the call for interdisciplinary research on the potential effects of the coronavirus pandemic , this article presents a novel data set on individuals’ COVID-19 vaccine preferences in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The menu of our stated preference survey questionnaire is framed based on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) SAGE working group on immunization developed matrix of vaccine determinants , which was itself informed by a systematic review of peer reviewed and grey literature, and by the expertise of the working group. Our survey was designed in a bilingual (Arabic and English) format, using Google Forms platform and delivered to respondents aged 18 years and older using the snowball sampling method between July 4th and August 4th 2020, gathering a total of 1109 responses. Study participants were recruited across all seven emirates of the UAE (see figure 1). As presented in the conceptual framework (see figure 2), the data set comprises (i) respondents socio-economic and demographic information, (ii) respondents willingness to spend time, and money to get the Covid-19 vaccine, and (iii) the vaccine determinants identified by the WHO’s SAGE working group on immunization.
The relative influence of digital media consumption on youth interests in ecosystem services, sustainability and science as a means for disease prevention : A global retrospective cross-sectional analysis
يناير 27, 2019
Along with the advantages associated with access to information and fast communication, screen time from increased digital media consumption has recently been associated with adverse effects on youth well-being. To get a clearer picture of its value for global youth based sustainability initiatives, this study investigates the effects of increased digital media consumption on youth's interests in ecosystem services, sustainability and science as a means for disease prevention. We achieve this, using data on 187821 adolescent students from 50 countries worldwide. Methodologically, we rely on a mixed bivariate ordered probit representation of youth's joint interest in the biosphere (ecosystem services and sustainability) and science as a means for disease prevention, which we then estimate using Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) Methods. We found that each level increase in adolescent students' reported frequency of news blogs visit reduces by 21% (with 95% CI [-0.23; -0.19]) and 11% (with 95% CI [-0.12; -0.09]) respectively their interest in the biosphere and in science as a means for disease prevention. Similarly, each level increase in adolescent students' frequency of web-browsing on broad science is found to reduce by 34% (with 95% CI [-0.36; -0.32]) and 26% (with 95% CI [-0.28; -0.24]) respectively their interest in the biosphere and in science as a means for disease prevention. Although a level increase in youth's frequency of ecological website visits also reduces by 20% (with 95% CI [-0.36; -0.32]) their interest in the biosphere, it is found to increase however by 3% (with 95% CI [0.02; 0.05]) their interest science as a means for disease prevention. Our results highlight heterogeneous effects of digital media consumption on adolescents' interest in ecosystem services, sustainability, and science as a means for disease prevention.
Nuclear electrical power technology and nuclear waste awareness and expectations in the United Arab Emirates youth population: What role does interest in ecosystem services play ?
يناير 27, 2019
Relying on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) extract from the cross-national data sample on the environmental affection and cognition of adolescent students, and seemingly unrelated bivariate weighted ordered probit regression modeling, this study adopts a national perspective to investigate the determinants of adolescent students awareness and expectations about nuclear power technology and nuclear waste in the UAE. Identification of model parameters is achieved through maximum simulated likelihood estimation. The findings show that each level increase in UAE youth's interest in ecosystem services and sustainability raises their awareness of nuclear electrical power and nuclear waste by 13.5%, while reducing by 2.4% their level of optimism towards the technology. Furthermore, we find significant heterogeneity in youth awareness and expectations about nuclear power technology across the seven Emirates. Accounting for all other factors (including interest in ecosystem services), UAE youth awareness about nuclear electrical power technology appears to not significantly influence their expectations about the evolution of this technology for the next 20 years. Given that the UAE first nuclear power plant ``Barakah'' is scheduled to start operations end of 2019 beginning 2020, and the typical long life-span of nuclear wastes, our results provide important insights for developing sustainable nuclear energy policies and establishing a long-term nuclear energy program in the UAE.
International trade and the convergence in youth technological awareness and expectations in the north American free trade block: The case of Genetically Modified Organisms and Nuclear Power Technologies
يناير 27, 2019
Relying on the USA, Canada and Mexico extract from the cross-national data sample on the environmental affection and cognition of adolescent students (Niankara, 2019), along with seemingly unrelated bivariate weighted ordered probit regression modeling (Niankara and Zoungrana, 2018), this study reports on the convergence of technological awareness and expectations within the context of international trade. We achieve this by adopting a regional perspective in investigating the effects of affective, cognitive and situational factors on youth’s awareness and expectations about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and nuclear power technology (NPT) within the North American free trade block. Identification of model parameters is achieved using maximum simulated likelihood methods. The findings show that although it’s been over 20 years as of 2015 that USA, Canada, and Mexico ratified the north American free trade agreement (NAFTA), the diffusion of technology and information within the trade block has not succeeded in homogenizing awareness and expectations about GMOs and Nuclear power technology, as observed in the youth population across the three countries. Indeed, in relation to technological awareness, compared to youth from the USA, those from Canada show 15% (GMOs) and 7.1% (NPT) more awareness respectively; while those in Mexico are respectively 34.4% and 19.5% less aware about GMOs and NPT. With respect to technological expectations, compared to youth from the USA, those from Canada and Mexico are respectively 34.4% and 39.9% more optimistic about GMOs, while 15% and 49.7% more optimistic about NPT. Overall, youth within NAFTA country members are respectively 2.5% and 6.7% more optimistic about GMOs and NPT for every level increase in their awareness about the two technologies.
On the Concept of Immigrants Health-Economic Integration in the United States: The role of English Language Proficiency
يناير 27, 2019
This paper investigates the role of English language proficiency (ELP) as a measure of cultural integration on U.S. immigrant families’ economic integration, as measured by annual earnings, and health care market integration, as captured by annual medical care spending. Bayesian Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) estimation of a mixed bivariate ordered probit (MBOP) model of annual earnings and medical care spending is conducted using a nationally representative pooled cross-sectional sample data from three waves of the U.S. National Health Interview Surveys (NHIS). The results reveal that limited English proficiency is associated with lower marginal earnings propensities (-$44.83, -$50.66, and -$56.97), and higher marginal medical care spending propensities ($8.09, $6.09, and $4.32) for each of three decreasing levels of ELP. Furthermore, we find a small yet statistically significant positive 7.2% correlation between immigrant families’ annual earnings and medical care spending propensities in post-ACA-USA. Therefore investing to raise immigrants’ families ELP in the U.S. would not only contribute to more effective socio-economic integration, but also strengthen the U.S. workforce and economy for decades to come.