Dapel Zuhumnan joined the Wilson Center in June 2017 as a Wilson Center-Center for Global Development (CGD) joint visiting scholar under the Early Career Engagement Programme of the Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE) Scotland, UK. Dapel is to work on two CGD-SIRE funded projects.

Dapel is native of Panyam from central Nigeria. He graduated from the University of Jos in Nigeria with Bachelor’s and Master's degrees both in Economics. His Master’s degree was funded by Addax Petroleum. Following the completion of his Bachelor’s degree, Dapel became a high school economics tutor for the One Year Mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC) in South-Western Nigeria. He further served on the academic staff at the Department of Economics of University of Jos before moving to undertake a PhD programme in Economics at the University of Dundee Scotland, UK. He has also worked as a graduate teaching assistant at Dundee University since January 2013.

His PhD research (currently rounding up) is funded by the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) Nigeria, and focuses on poverty mobility, inequality and oil, in Nigeria.  His previous posts are; (i) a part-time consultant with the Policy Associates (PA). PA is a Consulting Executive in Public Finance based in Nigeria’s Capital, Abuja.  (ii) An Adjunct lecturer, from 2010-2012, at Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) TV College Jos, Nigeria, where he taught Foundations of Economics to 4th year students of TV Journalism.

In addition, Dapel has the following experience on projects financed by international organizations:


1.      Project: Impact Assessment of Groundnut Research and Development in Northern Nigeria

      Period: 2012 – 2013

      Organization: International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics



2.      Project: Assessment of the Implementation of the 2007 Public Procurement Act in North Central Region of Nigeria: Jos

      Period: July 2010 – August 2010

  Organization: United Nation Democracy Fund (UNDF)


3.      Project: Scoping Survey and Monitoring of Governance and Anticorruption in the Management of Public Finance

      Period: November 2009 – January, 2010

      Organization: Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) 


4.      Project: A workshop on the Design and Implementation of Medium Time Expenditure Frame Work (MTEF) for 2010 – 2012 Budget of Rivers State Government, Nigeria.

Period: September 2009

      Organization: The World Bank

Project Summary

(1) To work on a paper, “Oil intensity in Nigeria: in search of micro-based evidence of the ‘curse-effect.’”

Existing cross-country empirical studies have documented the fact that, the abundance of (or dependence on) natural resources (e.g. oil) exerts a depressing effect on growth in real GDP per capita. We explore six sweeps of household surveys of Nigeria to test this hypothesis at a micro-level, using growth in household consumption expenditure as our LHS variable. To meet part of the data requirement for this exercise, since household surveys in Nigeria are not a panel, we follow Deaton (1985) to construct a pseudo panel from which our estimations and analysis are based. We investigate, (i) for evidence of the 'curse-effect' of oil and; (ii) the intervening role of governance, i.e how institutions attenuate, if at all, the extent of the 'curse-effect'. We investigate, (i) for an evidence of the 'curse-effect' of oil and; (ii) the intervening role of governance, i.e, how institution quality, if at all, attenuate, the extent of the 'curse-effect'.  To be done in collaboration with Dr Monde Muyangwa, Dr Todd Moss, Prof Alan Gelb and Charles Kenny



(2) To produce a poverty map for Nigeria

In its fight against poverty, the Nigerian Government is currently implementing a cash transfer program. One of the major challenges being faced with this initiative is the documentation of the target group, i.e the neediest proportion of the population, the ‘ultra-poor’ or the ‘poorest of the poor. This aspect of the project intends to address this issue. Poverty map is essential in the fight at against poverty in that, it enables the identification of the ‘ultra-poor’ for anti-poverty interventions. To be done in close collaboration with some Research Economists at the Development Economic Research Group of the World Bank HQ, D.C.


Major Publications

  • 1.  Poverty in an Oil Rich Country: the Nigerian Situation. Issues in African Political Economies Edited by: Toyin Falola, Jamaine Abidogun. Carolina Academic Press Durham, North Carolina USA (2017)
  • 2. With Ogboru Ishmael and Emma Collins. The Impact of Corruption on the Economic Development of Nigeria: Extent and Exit Options. The Nigerian Journal of Economic and Social Studies. Nigerian Economic Society (2015)
  • 3. Inequality in Nigeria: An Analysis of its Distortion in the Relationship between Economic Growth and Poverty. Jos Journal of Economics Vol (5) 1 (2012)