Professor William Baah-Boateng holds PhD in economics and is an associate professor in the Department of Economics of the University of Ghana with particular research and teaching focus on economics of the labor market and labor market institutions, education and skills development, gender in the labor market, poverty and livelihood analysis, small-scale enterprise development and development economics. He is a senior fellow of the International Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS) in Accra and one of the editors of the Ghanaian Journal of Economics. He studied at University of Ghana and Harvard University. He was an Ela Bhatt visiting professor at the ICDD of University of Kassel in Germany between October 2015 and February 2016 and won a Senior Research Fellowship at Harvard University Centre for African Studies (CAS) as part of the two-year sabbatical leave granted him by the University of Ghana. He worked for African Centre for Economic Transformation based in Accra as Senior Research Fellow.
William was a member of the Presidential Committee on emoluments that determined salaries and service conditions of the Article 71 Office holders of the 6th Government of the 4th Republic (2013-2017) and was also advisor on labor and employment issues to Ghana Labor Ministry between 2007 and 2012. He consults for a number of international organizations including the World Bank, African Development Band (AfDB), International Labor Organization (ILO), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), International Development Research Centre (IDRC). He also consults for domestic institutions such as the Finance and Labor Ministry, National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), Ghana Trades Union Congress and Ghana Employers’ Association (GEA).
He has over 50 publications in the form of books and edited books, book chapters, journal articles, technical reports and working papers.