Dr Sefa Awaworyi Churchill is an applied economist who examines the impact of ethnic fractionalisation and social forces on entrepreneurship, firm performance, inequality and poverty.
development economics; microfinance; health economics; meta-analysis; applied microeconomics
Dr Churchill’s research focus is the impact of ethnic fractionalisation and social forces (such as trust and social networks) on firm performance, entrepreneurship, inequality and poverty. He also researches issues such as the relationship between innovation and employment, government expenditures and growth, research and development and productivity.
Dr Churchill conducts meta-analyses and empirical research in development economics, labour economics, micro-finance and other issues related to sociology and economics. His research, especially on development and the determinants of subjective wellbeing, has significant policy implications.
Dr Churchill holds a PhD in economics from Monash University. He has published in leading economics and interdisciplinary journals such as Economic Record, Small Business Economics, Empirical Economics, Journal of Economic Surveys and Social Indicators Research, among others. Prior to joining RMIT, he held teaching positions at Monash University, the University of Melbourne and Trinity College.
Dr Churchill was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2017 and is based in the School of Economics Finance and Marketing.