Olu Sonola

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service

Olu Sonola is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.  He is also a Senior Director, Group Credit Officer for the Global Public Finance, Infrastructure and Project Finance Groups at Fitch Ratings. He is responsible for improving the consistency and quality of Fitch’s credit ratings, analysis and methodologies.

Prior to Olu’s role as a Group Credit Officer, he was Head of Research of the U.S. Public Finance and the Global Infrastructure & Project Finance Groups at Fitch Ratings. He was also Senior Director and Head of Accounting Research in the Credit Policy Group at Fitch.

Prior to joining Fitch in 2006, Olu was a CPA with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and KPMG, where he was responsible for planning, executing, and supervising audit engagements. He began his career as a commercial credit analyst.

Olu earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Lagos State University and a master's degree in public administration (International Economic Policy and Management) from Columbia University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Olu is currently a doctoral candidate in the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University and he was also an adjunct faculty member. His research and teaching interests lie in the areas of public finance, budgeting and economics

Public finance (the economic analysis of revenues and expenditures of the public sector) and public economics (economic analysis of the public sector in a market economy) analyze the impact of public policy on the allocation of resources and the distribution of income in the economy. In this course, you will learn how to interpret economic analyses and how to use the tools of microeconomics and empirical analysis to investigate and predict the effects of public expenditures, regulation and government revenue-raising activities.

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