Belinda Archibong

Region of Interest


Primary Country of Residence

United States of America


Assistant Professor


Barnard College, Columbia University


Mailing Address

Department of Economics
Barnard Hall, 239 LeFrak
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Phone/Fax Number(s)

(212) 854-8952

Countries of Specialization



Doctor of Philosophy in Sustainable Development, Columbia University, 2015

Master of Arts in Sustainable Development, Columbia University, October 2013

Bachelor of Arts in Economics/Philosophy, Columbia University, May 2010

Research Interests

Research on the role of geography and institutions in determining valuation of energy, infrastructure and natural resources for sustainable development.
Research examining the relationship between infrastructure access and institutions in pre-colonial Africa and its implications for contemporary African development.

Ph.D. thesis: Essays on the Impacts of Geography and Institutions on Access to Energy and Public Infrastructure Services. Columbia University, 2015.

Teaching Interests

2016-2017: “Logic and Limits of Economic Justice” ; “Theoretical Foundations of Political Economy” ; “Environmental and Natural Resource Economics”


2017. With Francis Annan.
"The impact of disease, gender, and disability on children and households: disease and gender gaps in human capital investment:
evidence from Niger’s 1986 meningitis epidemic," American economic review: papers & proceedings. 107 (5): 530-535.

2016. "Historical origins of persistent inequality in Nigeria." December 2016. WIDER working paper; no. 161/2016.
Helsinki, Finland: United Nations University, World Institute for Development Economics Research, 2016.

2015. With Vijay Modi & Shaky Sherpa
"Geography of infrastructure functionality at schools in Nigeria: evidence from spatial data analysis across local government areas,"
Papers in applied geography. 1(2): 176-183.


precolonial Africa, Energy, Infrastructure access, natural resources, Nigeria, spatial