Graduate Program


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Semester of Degree Completion

Summer 2020

Thesis Director

Ali R. Moshtagh

Thesis Committee Member

Linda S. Ghent

Thesis Committee Member

Ahmed S. Abou-Zaid


A review of the ongoing debate on the economic impacts of globalization on employment in developing economies shows that the predictions of most trade theories that, an increase in globalization would result in more employment in labor abundant countries has not always proven to be true. This study actually examines the employment impact of economic globalization to recipient economies – ECOWAS member states. The analysis has employed a balanced panel dataset of 13 ECOWAS member nations over the period 1990 – 2017. Based on the Fixed Effects estimation approach, the empirical analysis reveals that over the full sample, economic globalization has exerted a negative and significant effect on employment opportunities in the ECOWAS enclave. This result corroborates similar empirical findings in the literature.