Dr Offiong Helen Solomon

Job: Senior Lecturer in Economics

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Faculty of Business and Law

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 2577438

E: helen.solomon@dmu.ac.uk

W: demontfortleicester.academia.edu/OffiongHelenSolomon

Social Media: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/helensolomondmu


Personal profile

Dr Helen Solomon is the Interim Head of the Economics Subject Group within Strategy and Management at the Faculty of Business and Law.  She is also the Programme Leader for the Business Economics Suite. Currently her teaching focus relates to the Economics of Financial Markets, Financial Markets and the Central Bank and Economics of Emerging Markets.

She is mainly interested in development macroeconomics, economic growth and monetary policy in the banking sector. She has published  articles in Applied Economics, China Economic Review and most recently in Research in  International Business and Finance. She also has been invited to peer review articles in the Journal of Development Areas, Empirical Economics and African Development Review.

In July 2015, she successfully obtained funding from the British Academy’s Newton Mobility Grants Scheme in collaboration with the University of Cape Town. The objective of this new collaboration is to strengthen research capacity on Monetary Policy and the Banking Sector in South Africa.

Her current research focus are on the Bank Lending Channel in developing countries and social media in developing countries.

Research group affiliations

Centre for Enterprise and Innovation

Key research outputs

Refereed papers and books since 2014

  • Matousek, R. and Solomon, O.H. (2018). Bank Lending Channel in Nigeria, Research in  International Business and Finance. 45, 464-474
  • Lysandrou, P.; Solomon, O.H and Goda, T. (2016). The Differential Impact of Public and Private Governance Institutions on the Different Modes of Foreign Investment. International Review of Applied Economics, 30 (6), 729 – 746.
  • Dell,Anno, R; Rayna, T. and Solomon, O.H. (2016).  Impact of Firing Costs and Tax on Size of the Informal Sector and Unemployment,  Journal of Developing Areas, 50 (4),  2016
  • Dell,Anno, R; Rayna, T. and Solomon, O.H, Rayna, T. (2015). The Impact of Social Media on Economic Growth- Evidence from Social Media,  Applied Economics Letters. 23 (9), 633-636.
  • Fei, K. and Solomon O. H. (2015). China’s Outward Foreign Direct Investment (OFDI)  and Domestic Investment (DI) -An Industrial Level Analysis. China Economic Review, 34, 249-260.
  • Dell'Anno, R. and Solomon O.H. (2014). Informality, Inequality and ICT in Transition economies. Eastern European Economics. 52(5), 3-31.

Papers under review

  • Babajide, A., Obembe, D., Solomon, H. and Woldesenbet, K. (2018). Microfinance and Entrepreneurship: The Enabling Role of Social Capital – Journal of African Economies
  • Solomon, O.H,; De Jaeger, P.; Mullineux, A. - Do Interest Rates exists among South African Bank with different characteristics – Economic Letters

Working papers

Social Media in a Developing World  - with Tom Allen and Wangari Wangombe-Leonce

Research interests/expertise

Applied economics, development economics, emerging market economics and monetary policy in the banking sector.

Areas of teaching





BSc, PgDip, MSc, PhD in Economics

Courses taught

Economics (Single and Joint honours)
MSc Business Economics (joint degrees)

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Royal Economic Society
  • Society of Business Economists (SBE)

Professional licences and certificates

  • SEDA Certificate (2011)
  • PgCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (2010)

Forthcoming events

  • Royal Economic Society Conference - 26 – 28th March 2018
  • Centre for the Study of African Economies Conference – 18th- 20th March, 2018

Conference attendance

  • CSAE Conference – March 2017
  • London  Metropolitan University – May 2014
  • Cape Town, University OF Stellenbosch Business School – May 2013
  • Leeds University Business School – November 2012
  • Royal Economic Society Women’s Committee Meeting -  July 2012
  • 10th International Conference on Corporate Goverance – June 2012
  • London Metropolitan Business (LMBS) Conference – June 2012
  • Money Macro and Finance  Research Group, 43rd  International Conference – September 2011
  • 16th Annual African  Econometric Society  Conference – July 2011
  • London Metropolitan University (LMU) Learning and Teaching Conference – June 2011
  • Annual Conference of the Scottish Economic Society – April 2011
  • MONFISPOL Conference organised by London Metropolitan University and the European Research Project (FP7-SSH) MONFISPOL – November 2010
  • Value 2010:  Recognising Value in Africa - Discern and Discover organised by the University of Johannesburg, South Africa – August 2010
  • Biennial Conference of the Economic Society of South Africa (ESSA)- September 2009.

Externally funded research grants information

British Council – Feb 2017 to March 2017

  • Applied for £1,530 to fund project: Does Social Media drive Business Growth in Developing Countries.
  • Principal Investigator: Dr. Offiong Helen Solomon (De Montfort University)
  • Other Investigators: Dr Tom Allen and Dr Wangari Leonce (De Montfort University)

Internally funded research project information

  • Seed funding of £871.60 awarded for the project: Effect of Social Media on Firm Performance in the Fashion Industry.
  • Seed funding of £719.10 awarded for the project Business Rates and High Street closures.
  • Seed funding of £1,078 awarded for the project: Social Media and Its Links to Economic Growth
  • Seed funding of £959.47 awarded for the project: Constructing a Measure for Social Media to Examine its Impact on Economic Growth.

Professional esteem indicators

Referee – Empirical Economics, Journal of Development Areas, Journal of Economic Studies, Area Development and Policy, African Development Review.

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