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.; Ghaleb A. E.; Qasim. A. (2022). “A Spatial bivariate copula regression analysis of youths’ access to ICT resources and subjective well-being in the Middle East”. International Journal of Economics and Business Research, (Forthcoming). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1504/IJEBR.2023.10042169
- Niankara, I.; Zoungrana, D. T.; Traoret, R.I. (2022). “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). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1504/IJEPEE.2021.10034925
- Niankara, I. (2022), "Empirical Analysis of the Global Supply and Demand of Entrepreneurial Finance: A Random Utility Theory Perspective". Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity, 8(1), 26. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/joitmc8010026
- Niankara, I. (2021). “Education’s effect on Food and Monetary Security in Burkina Faso: A Joint Semi-parametric and Spatial Analysis”. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, (pp. 1-17) DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/20421338.2021.1982662
- Niankara, I. (2020), “The impact of government and private sectors electronic transfer practices on financial inclusion in the economic community of the West African States”, International Journal of Finance and Economics, (pp.1-30). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/ijfe.2357
- 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). 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. (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, Quantitative Business Analysis, Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Statistics & Research Methodology, Production and Operations Management, Business Ethics, International Trade, Money and Banking, Intermediate Micro-economics and Managerial Economics.
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.
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.
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.