Laura is a professional Economist specializing in Development Economics. She is a lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Department of Economics and Development Studies where she teaches Econometrics and Statistics. Laura has published in leading journals such as Research Policy. She is a European Investment Bank – Global Development Network (EIB-GDN) fellow experienced in impact financing of innovative African start-ups. She is also a Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) fellow and a Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS) fellow.


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Barasa, L, Kinuthia BK, Araar A, Maende S, Mariera F.  2022.  Nonfarm entrepreneurship, crop output, and household welfare in Tanzania: An exploration of transmission channels. Agribusiness. : Wiley Online Library Abstract


Barasa, L, Kinyanjui B, Knoben J, Vermeulen P, Kimuyu P.  2021.  Innovation and exporting: the case of mediation effects in Sub-Saharan Africa. Industry and Innovation. 28:113–135., Number 2: Taylor & Francis Abstract


Kehinde, M, Barasa L.  2020.  Absorptive capacity, marketing capabilities and innovation commercialization in Nigeria. European Journal of Innovation Management. 22(5):790-821.
Barasa, L.  2020.  Teacher quality and mathematics performance in primary schools in Kenya. African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education. 24(1):53-64.


Barasa, L, Kimuyu P, Vermeulen P, Knoben J, Kinyanjui B.  2019.  Innovation and efficiency in manufacturing firms in sub-Saharan Africa. European Journal of Innovation Management. 22(1):59-83.


Kiiru, J, Barasa L.  2018.  Securing inclusive growth: Mentorship, youth employment and employment creation in Kenya. M. Ramutsindela, & D. Mickler ed., Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals. , Cham: Springer
Barasa, L.  2018.  Corruption, transaction costs, and innovation in Africa. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development. 10(7):811-821..


Barasa, L, Kimuyu P, Vermeulen P, Knoben J, Kinyanjui B.  2017.  Institutions, resources and innovation in East Africa: A firm level approach. Research Policy. 46:280-291.


Oladipo, R, Ikimari L, Kiplang’at J, Barasa L.  2015.  General research methods. , Nairobi: Oxford University Press East Africa


Barasa, L.  2013.  Policy initiatives to promote women’s access to higher education in Kenya. C. Sehoole, & J. Knight ed., Internationalization of African Higher Education - Towards Achieving the MDG's (pp. 93-113). , Rotterdam: Sense Publishers


Barasa, L.  2011.  Economic impact of relocating hawkers from Nairobi central business district to the new Ngara market. International Journal of Professional Practice. 2(2):149-156.

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