Ikechukwu (Ike) Nwaka, PhD

Assistant Lecturer, Alberta School of Business - Marketing, Business Economics and Law

Contact

Assistant Lecturer, Alberta School of Business - Marketing, Business Economics and Law
Email
inwaka@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-0304
Address
3-40B Business Building
11203 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2R6

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

Labour Economics Gender Studies Environmental Economics Economic Development


About

Ikechukwu (Ike) Nwaka received a PhD in Economics and serves as an Editorial Member in the Journal of African Development, and Kadın/Woman 2000, Journal for Women's Studies. Ike’s research unites several strands of emerging subjects of enquiry: inter alia the intersection of labour economics and quality of life, gender in household decision-making and family  entrepreneurship, environmental economics, and economic development. His current research tries to observe the joint pathways through which climate change and energy poverty affect households and family businesses in Africa. He is also interested in exploring how incentives and grants affect household energy efficiency and pro-environmental choices in Canada.


Teaching

Teaching Interests

  • Microeconomics
  • Energy Industries and Markets
  • International (Economics) Business
  • Data Analysis for Business and Economics
  • Labour Economics and Gender
  • Development Economics

Courses

BUEC 342 - Introduction to International Business

Provides students with an introduction to the tools they will require to succeed in the increasingly international business world. Serves as a basis for other more advanced courses in International Business. Topics covered could include Country Differences, International Trade, Foreign Direct Investment, Regional Economic Integration, The Foreign Exchange Market and International Business Strategy and Operations. Prerequisites: ECON 101 and ECON 102. Students may receive credit for only one of BUEC 342 or ADMI 342.


BUEC 463 - Energy and the Environment: Industry Structure, Performance and Challenges

Uses the basic tools of business economics in order to gain a better understanding of energy markets and industries. Differences and similarities between specific industries (oil, gas, electricity, etc.) and between different industry segments (exploration, production, retail, etc.) are highlighted. New challenges faced by the industry, most notably environmental concerns, but also globalization and new forms of competition, are analysed with respect to the impacts that they have had and might have in the future on firms' strategies and on market performance. Prerequisite: BUEC 311 or ECON 281.


BUEC 503 - Economic Foundations

This course focuses on economic decision making at the level of the firm and consumer, utilizing demand and supply analysis to help understand a variety of economic and managerial issues. Formal models of managerial economic problems will be developed and used for purposes of analysis. The course will also deal with public economics, regulatory economics and introduce issues of information economics and strategic behavior. The theory of public choice and public goods will be used to analyze a variety of public economic issues. The course will also cover macroeconomic issues including: measuring macroeconomic variables, sources of economic growth, business cycles, interest rates, exchange rates, government debt, and other topics. Credit will not be given for both BUEC 502 and 503.


BUEC 563 - Energy Industries and Markets

This course provides a broad introduction to the energy industries and markets, focusing on market structure, firm strategy and behavior, regulation and public policy. The evolving nature of industries and markets, including technological challenges, environmental constraints and globalization, are discussed. The course includes a number of site visits and guest speakers. Prerequisite: BUEC 502 or 503. Not open to students with credit in BUEC 560.


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