About Ronald R Kumar
Ronald R. Kumar works at that University of the South Pacific. Ronald was a Sasakawa Young Leaders scholar (2009-2010) at the School of Government, Development and International Affairs. He has worked in different sectors, including the University of the South Pacific as teaching assistant in economics, Reserve Bank of Fiji as a research economist (2005) and at the Australia New Zealand Banking Corporation back office support (Quest Limited) as a Business Analyst for Projects (2005-2007). His short-term work includes the Ministry for National Planning (Government of Fiji) for three months as an Economic Planning Officer in 2011 and as Administration Officer at the South Pacific Board for Educational Assessment in 2009. Ronald was as research scholar at the Kyoto University in 2007-2008 period.
Ronald's research focuses on remittances, tourism. technology and migration. Besides these, he also have interest in exploring contemporary drivers of growth for small and developing economics. His masters thesis was on short-term migration in the Pacific, with a case study of Vanuatu. He holds a Master of Commerce (Economics), Master of Arts (Development Studies) and a Bachelor of Science (Maths & Computer Science) qualifications from the University of the South Pacific; a Diploma in Business Studies (Accounting) from Fiji National University; and a PhD from the University of Bolton (UK). Ronald's publication has appeared in Tourism Management, Tourism Economics, Tourism Management Perspectives, Energy Policy, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Physica A, Metroeconomica, Pension Economics and Finance, Economic Change and Restructuring, Social Indicators Research, Management Decisions, Quality and Quantity, Economic Systems, Global Business and Economic Review, African Journal of Economic and Sustainable Development, and International Journal of Business and Economic Review, among others. He has also reviewed papers from journals including Tourism Management, Sustainability, Energy Policy, and South Asian Journal of Global Business Research.
Energy Economics, Financial Economics, Banking, Sectoral Studies, Tourism, Economic Growth, and Developing Countries
Honors and Awards
- Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship
- MEXT Japanese Government Scholarship
- Fiji Government Scholarship
- Business Statistics
- Mathematics in financial decision making (Year 1)
- Microeconomics (undergraduate)
- Macroeconomics (undergraduate)
|2014 ‐ 2016||PhD, University of Bolton ‐ Business School|
|2010 ‐ 2012||MA, University of the South Pacific - Fiji ‐ School of Government, Development & International Affairs|
|2009 ‐ 2011||MCom, University of the South Pacific - Fiji ‐ School of Economics|
|2002 ‐ 2005||BSc, University of the South Pacific - Fiji ‐ School of Mathematics & Computer Science|
School of Accounting & Finance, Faculty of Business & Economics, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay Road, Suva, Fiji
Development Impacts Of Short-Term Migration In The Pacific - A Case Study of Vanautu (2012)
This work sought to explore the development impacts of RSE, particularly the changes in the lives and livelihood for migrants as well as the expected gains to employers. The field research was carried out in ...
Development on the Move: Measuring and Optimising Migration’s Economic and Social Impacts in Fiji (2011)
Executive Summary Although migration come to play an increasingly significant role in Fiji’s economy and society over the past few decades, its impacts on the country’s development have been mixed. While skilled migrants contribute a ...
Carbon emission, energy consumption, trade openness and financial development in Pakistan: A revisit Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (2017)
The paper empirically examines the cointegrating relationship between carbon emissions, energy consumption, trade openness and financial development in Pakistan using ARDL bounds test for cointegration procedure. Annual time series data is used for the period ...
The effect of energy on output per worker in the Balkan Peninsula: A country-specific study of 12 nations in the Energy Community Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (2016)
In this paper, we explore the long-run co-integration relationship between output per worker, capital per worker and energy per worker for 12 countries in the Balkan Peninsula (Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, ...
Exploring the role of energy, trade and financial development in explaining economic growth in South Africa: A revisit Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (2015)
South Africa is an emerging and industrializing economy which is experiencing remarkable progress. We contend that amidst the developments in the economy, the role of energy, trade openness and financial development are critical. In this ...
Exploring the effects of energy consumption on output per worker: A study of Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania Energy Policy (2014)
In this article, we explore the long-run cointegration between output, capital and energy consumption, in per worker terms, for Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania. We use the augmented Solow (1956) model and the ARDL bounds ...
Effects of energy consumption on per worker output: A study of Kenya and South Africa Energy Policy (2013)
The paper investigates the long-run cointegration relationship and energy elasticities for Kenya and South Africa over the periods 1978–2009 and 1971–2009, respectively, using the ARDL procedure developed by Pesaran et al. (2001) with recomputed critical ...
Examining the efficiency and interdependence of US credit and stock markets through MF-DFA and MF-DXA approaches Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications (2017)
This study examines the power law properties of 11 US credit and stock markets at the industry level. We use multifractal detrended fluctuation analysis (MF-DFA) and multifractal detrended cross-correlation analysis (MF-DXA) to first investigate the ...
Interdependence and contagion among industry-level US credit markets: An application of wavelet and VMD based copula approaches Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications (2017)
This study examines the interdependence and contagion among US industry-level credit markets. We use daily data of 11 industries from 17 December 2007 to 31 December 2014 for the time–frequency, namely, wavelet squared coherence analysis. ...
Demographic change, PAYG pensions and child policies Journal of Pension Economics & Finance (2016)
The aim of the paper is to investigate how child policies affect the population growth and to what extent these policies are useful to increase pension benefits of a pay-as-you-go pension system in a small ...
Interdependence between Greece and other European stock markets: A comparison of wavelet and VMD copula, and the portfolio implications Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications (2016)
The interdependence of Greece and other European stock markets and the subsequent portfolio implications are examined in wavelet and variational mode decomposition domain. In applying the decomposition techniques, we analyze the structural properties of data ...
Sustainability of A Pay-as-you-Go Pension System in A Small Open Economy with Ageing, Human Capital and Endogenous Fertility Metroeconomica (2016)
The aim of the article is to theoretically investigate if a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) pension system is sustainable in the presence of a declining population and increasing longevity of the retired generation. For this purpose, we ...
The Dilemma of International Capital Tax Competition in the Presence of Public Capital and Endogenous Growth Annal of Economics and Finance (2015)
Using an OLG-model with endogenous growth and public capital we show, that an international capital tax competition leads to inefficiently low tax rates, and as a consequence to lower welfare levels and growth rates. Each ...
Exploring the effects of remittances on Lithuanian economic growth Engineering Economics (2014)
We explore the effect of remittances on the output per worker in Lithuania over the sample period 1980–2012. We use the augmented Solow approach and the ARDL bounds procedure to examine the cointegration relationship and ...
Exploring the nexus between tourism, remittances and growth in Kenya Quality & Quantity (2014)
Recently there has been a surge in remittances inflow to Kenya while tourism receipts appears to be declining, albeit gradually. In light of these developments, the paper explores the plausible effects of tourism and remittances ...
Exploring the Nexus Between ICT, Remittances and Economic Growth - A Study of Vietnam Journal of Southeast Asian Economies (2014)
In this article, we explore the nexus between information and communications technology (ICT), remittances and output per worker in Vietnam from 1980 to 2012. Within the augmented Solow framework, we deploy the autoregressive distributed lag ...
Exploring the nexus between remittances and economic growth: a study of Bangladesh International Review of Economics (2014)
In this article, we explore the much debated nexus between remittances and economic growth in Bangladesh. Drawing on an annual data from 1979 to 2012 and using the augmented Solow framework with the autoregressive distributed ...
Exploring the nexus between capital inflows and growth in Latin America and the Caribbean: a study of clusters led by Brazil and Mexico Quality & Quantity (2013)
In this paper, we used pooled regression within the ARDL approach and augmented Solow framework to explore the emerging uniformity and polarization in the two clusters led by Brazil and Mexico in Latin America and ...
Exploring polarization and uniformity in sectors and inflows vis-à-vis growth: A study of Brazil-led and Mexico-led clusters in the region Management Decision (2013)
Purpose – The study aims to explore the sectoral contributions defined as agriculture, manufacturing and services value added, capital inflows defined as workers' remittances, foreign direct investment, official development assistance and domestic credit by banks ...
Role of remittances in India's economic growth Global Business and Economics Review (2012)
India has been among the top ten remittance recipient countries in the world since the 1970s. In the context of the ongoing worldwide recession and uncertain export prospects, mobilisation of foreign exchange earnings has assumed ...
Exploring the Nexus between Trade, Visitor Arrivals, Remittances and Income in the Pacific: a Study of Vanuatu Acta Universitatis Danubius. Œconomica (2011)
We explore the contributions of trade openness, remittance inflows and expansion in tourism towards improving income in Vanuatu over the periods 1983-2009 using the augmented Solow approach and the ARDL bounds test. The results show ...
Trade, Aid, Remittances and Financial Development: The Case of Pakistan Journal of Social and Policy Sciences (2011)
In this paper, we explore the role of trade openness, overseas development aid (ODA), remittance inflows and financial development vis-à-vis income in Pakistan for the periods 1980-2010 using the bounds procedure within the augmented Solow-model ...
Do Remittances, Exports and Financial Development Matter for Economic Growth? A Case Study of Pakistan using Bounds Approach Journal of International Academic Research (2011)
The study explores, using bounds test, the short-run and long-run effects of remittances, exports and financial development on per worker income using the annual data for the period 1980-2009 in Pakistan. The results show exports ...