Bachelor of Science, Master of Science University London, 1967, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy Princeton University, 1978.
Assistant Lector, University Cape Coast, Ghana, 1968-1970. Lector, University Ghana, Legon, 1971-1972. Temporary Lector, Lector, University Southampton, 1975-1979.
Fellow, St Peter’s College, Lector, University Oxford, United Kingdom, since 1979. Editorial Board, Oxford Economic Papers, 1982-. Advisory Board, Economics Review, 1983-.
As a teenager I had great plans to change the world, to eliminate poverty and inequality. Four years in West Africa convinced me that I was being a little ambitious and that, in any case, economics can only provide partial solutions. I also discovered that a reputation within the Western world’s economics profession and a position in a respectable university are useful prerequisites to being taken seriously as a policy adviser.
Since 1972 I have retreated from the world’s problems and worked my apprenticeship on the British labour market, focussing on the employment, wages and occupations of women. I have concentrated on empirical analysis with a view to generating useful evidence for policy-makers. With the arrival of my son in December 1982, I have experienced first-hand the problems of combining work and motherhood! Nevertheless, I have ambitions to widen the spectrum of problems addressed in my research.
Analysis of the processes of international competition and their impact on labour markets in rich and poor countries is the general field into which I intend to move. I shall be supported in both domestic and academic spheres by my husband, who is not only a good cook, but has expert knowledge of trade and production problems in LDCs.