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John Mukum Mbaku

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Weber State University and The Brookings Institution

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Dr. John Mukum Mbaku is the Willard L. Eccles Professor of Economics and Presidential Distinguished Professor of Economics at Weber State University and is a Non-Resident Scholar of the Brookings Institution, participating in its Africa Growth Initiative. Previously, he was a tenured professor at Kennesaw State University. He is the author or editor of 16 books and has published more than 100 articles in academic journals and scholarly books.

He is a former (1986-2007) associate editor (Africa) of the Journal of Third World Studies and a former managing editor of the Journal of Land, Resources & Environmental Law. His recent books include Corruption in Africa: Causes, Consequences, and Cleanups; and Multiparty Democracy and Political Change: Constraints to Democratization in Africa. Dr. Mbaku has served as a consultant for the UN Economic Commission for Africa, the African Development Bank, the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis, and the African Economic Research Consortium.

Born in Cameroon, Professor Mbaku started his undergraduate career at Cameroon Protestant College, and then earned his BS in chemistry at Berry College, his masters in international business at the University of South Carolina, his PhD in economics at the University of Georgia, and his JD and graduate certificate in environmental and natural resources law at the Quinney College of Law, University of Utah. He is a member of the Utah State Bar and the American Bar Association, and is licensed to practice in the Utah Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for Utah.

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