Working Papers

Working Papers

EDRI Working Paper 001: Tourist Flows and its Determinants in Ethiopia 

EDRI Working Paper 002: Analysis of Changes in Food Consumption Patterns in Urban Ethiopia 

EDRI Working Paper 003: Fertilizer Consumption and Agricultural Productivity in Ethiopia

EDRI Working Paper 004: Road Sector Development and Economic Growth in Ethiopia

EDRI Working Paper 005: Economic and Environmental Benefits of Forage Legume-Cereal Intercropping in the Mixed Farming System: A Case Study in West Gojam, Ethiopia

EDRI Working Paper 006: Does Electricity Supply Strategy Matter? Shortage and Investment: Reflections based on CGE Analysis

EDRI Working Paper 007: Environmental Resource Collection versus Children’s Schooling: Evidence from Tigray, Northern Ethiopia 

EDRI Working Paper 008: Implications of Oil Price Shocks and Subsidizing Oil Prices to the Ethiopian Economy: A CGE Analysis

EDRI Working Paper 009: Ownership, Management Practices, Upgrading, and Productivity in the Metalworking Sector: Evidence from Ethiopia

EDRI Working Paper 010: Total Factor Productivity and Technical Efficiency in the Ethiopian Manufacturing Sector

EDRI Working Paper 011: High Hopes and Limited Successes: Experimenting with Industrial Policies in the Leather Industry in Ethiopia 

EDRI Working Paper 012: The case for industrial policy and its application in the Ethiopian cut flower sector

EDRI Working Paper 013: State-Inducement versus Self-Initiation: A Comparative Study of Micro and Small Enterprises in Ethiopia

EDRI Working Paper 014: An Economic Inquiry into Ethiopian Exports: Pattern, Characteristics, Dynamics and Survival 

EDRI Working Paper 015: Coffee Income, Food Security and Diet Diversity of Smallholder Coffee Growers in Ethiopia

EDRI Working Paper 016: Subjective Wellbeing and Institutions: The Case of Rural Ethiopia

Research Reports


EDRI Research Report 1: Agricultural Extension Adoption and Diffusion in Ethiopia

EDRI Research Report 2: Micro and Small Enterprises Development in Ethiopia 

EDRI Research Report 3: Adoption of Improved Technology in Ethiopia

EDRI Research Report 4: Preliminary Findings in Contraceptive Prevalence Rate and Family Planning

EDRI Research Report 5: Productivity and Efficiency of Agricultural Extension Package in Ethiopia

EDRI Research Report 6: Water Harvesting Practices and Impacts on Livelihood Outcomes in Ethiopia

EDRI Research Report 7: Baseline Study of Marketing Channels and Practices of Manufacturing Firms and Importers in Ethiopia

EDRI Research Report 8: Agri-Chain Analysis of Cotton Sub-Sector in Ethiopia

EDRI Research Report 9: Pastoral Development in Ethiopia: Resources, Livelihood, and Risk Management Strategies

EDRI Research Report 10: Agri-Chain Analysis of Cotton Sub-Sector in Ethiopia

EDRI Research Report 11: The leather Sector: Growth Strategies through Integrated Value Chain

EDRI Research Report 12: Recent Development in Water Harvesting Practices in Ethiopia

EDRI Research Report 13: Consumption, Saving, and Investment Behaviors of Successful Farmers in Ethiopia

EDRI Research Report 14: Carbon Markets and Mitigation Strategies for Africa/ Ethiopia: Literature Review and the Way Forward

EDRI Research Report 15: Climate Conventions and Africa/ Ethiopia

EDRI Research Report 16: Harnessing Climate Finance for Climate Protection and Sustainable Development in Africa

EDRI Research Report 17: An Institutional Assessment of the Cotton and Sugarcane Commodities in Ethiopia: The Climate Change Perspective

EDRI Research Report 18: Identifying key success factors and constraints in Ethiopia’s MSE development: Exploratory research

EDRI Research Report 19: Building a Resilient City to Water Mediated Climate Change: Policy and Institutional Options

EDRI Research Report 20: Characteristics of Climate Change Risk, Vulnerability and Adaptation in Cotton and Sugarcane Producing Regions of Ethiopia: Discussions from a Household Survey

EDRI Research Report 21: Climate Modeling of the Impact of Climate Change on Sugarcane and Cotton for Project on ‘a Climate Resilient Production of Cotton and Sugar in Ethiopia

EDRI Research Report 22: The Ethiopian Insurance Industry and the Reinsurance Business’ Legal Environment

EDRI Research Report 23: Productivity and Welfare Impact of Climate Change in Sugarcane and Cotton Producing Regions of Ethiopia

EDRI Research Report 24: Vulnerability analyses of Climate Change Impact on Cotton and Sugarcane Commodities in Ethiopia

EDRI Research Report 25: Value Chain Analyses for a Climate Resilient Production of Cotton and Sugarcane Commodities in Ethiopia

EDRI Research Report 26: Adaptation Strategy Options for a Climate Resilient Production of Agricultural Export Commodities in Ethiopia

EDRI Research Report 27: A Study on Human Resource Management, Staff Turnover and Incentives in the National Agricultural Research System (NARS)

EDRI Research Report 28: Do Water Users Associations (WUAs) in Ethiopia have the capacity to sustain the use of irrigation schemes? Evidences from Central and Southern Ethiopia


Issue Papers

Issue Papers on Structural Transformation and Industrial Policy

N0.001-2016: The return of industrial policy on the African continent and the drivers of this revival

No.002-2016: Global constraints: trade and intellectual property regulations applying to LICs; the role and power of TNCs in value chains

No.003-2016: Rethinking growth strategies in LICs: the need to achieve strategic planning and political stability

No.004-2016: The imperative of competitiveness and the logic of comparative advantage

No.005-2016: What are the instruments of industrial policy?

No.006-2016: Strategic Pragmatism in production transformation: production capability domains, structural composition and intermediate institutions

No.007-2016: How do agricultural policy and agrarian transformations contribute to the success of industrial policy? Conceptual and policy notes

No.008-2016: Effective Industrial Policy: Tariffs, Rents and Capabilities

No.009-2016: What are the best avenues to build industrial capabilities: FDI or domestically-owned enterprises?

No.010- 2016: What is the role of national development banks in late industrialization?

No.011- 2016: Macroeconomic policies and structural transformation: exchange rate management 

Jornals Articles authored and Co-authored by EDRI Researchers

Arne Bigsten, Mulu Gebreeyesus & Måns Söderbom (2016), Tariffs and Firm Performance in Ethiopia, Journal of Development Studies


Mulu Gebreeyesus (2015), Firm adoption of international standards: evidence from the Ethiopian floriculture sector, Journal of Agricultural Economics


Michiko Lizuka and Mulu Gebreeyesus (2016), Using Functions of Innovation Systems to Understand the Successful Emergence of Non-traditional Agricultural Export Industries in Developing Countries: Cases from Ethiopia and Chile, The European Journal of Development Research


Eyerusalem Siba, Mulu Gebreeyesus (2016), Learning to export and learning from exporting: The case of Ethiopian Manufacturing, Journal of African Economies


Bigsten, Arne, Mulu Gebreeyesus & Måns Soderbom (2016). Tariffs and firm performance in Ethiopia, Journal of Development Studies. Vol. 52, 7, p. 986-1001.


Gebreeyesus, Mulu & Pierre Mohnen (2013). Innovation performance and embeddedness in networks: evidence from the Ethiopian footwear cluster, World Development, volume 41, pages 302-316.


Gebreeyesus, Mulu & Michiko Iizuka (2012). Discovery of Flower Industry in Ethiopia: Experimentation and Coordination, Journal of Globalization and Development, Volume 2, Issue 2, Pages 1–25.


Gebreeyesus, Mulu & Tetsushi Sonobe (2012). Global value chains and market formation process in emerging export activity: evidence from Ethiopian flower industry. Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 48, No. 3, 335–348, March 2012.


Bigsten, Arne & Mulu Gebreeyesus (2009). Firm productivity and Exports: Evidence from Ethiopian manufacturing Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 45, No. 10, 1594–1614.


Gebreeyesus, Mulu (2008). Firm turnover and productivity differentials in Ethiopian manufacturing. Journal of Productivity Analysis, special issue on transition economies V. 29, Number 2 / April, 2008, 113-129.


Bigsten, Arne & Mulu Gebreeyesus (2007). The Small, the Young, and the Productive: Determinants of Manufacturing Firm Growth in Ethiopia. Economic Development and Cultural Change, Volume 55 No. 4.


Martin Dufwenberg, Gunnar kölin, Peter Martinsson, and Haileselassie Medhin (2016), Thanks but no thanks: A new policy to reduce land conflict, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management


Alpaslan Akay, Lisa Andersson, Peter Martinsson and Haileselassie Medhin (2014), Positional Concerns among the Poor: Does Reference Group Matter? Evidence from Survey Experiments, Journal of African Economies


Alpaslan Akay, Peter Martinsson, Haileselassie Medhin and Stefan T. Trautmann (2012), Attitudes toward uncertainty among the poor: an experiment in rural Ethiopia,


Mekonnen B. Wakeyo and Cornelis Gardebroek (2015), Empty pockets, empty ponds? Disadoption of water harvesting technologies in Ethiopia, Journal of Arid Environments


Naoko Oka, Takeru Higashimaki, D.D. Prabath Witharana, and Mekonnen Wakeyo (2015), Constraints and consensus on water use and land allocation in minor scheme tanks in the dry zone of Sri Lanka, Scientific Papers Series Management, Economic Engineering in Agriculture and Rural Development 


Andualem Mengistu (2014), Testing the UIP Hypothesis-Using Data from Partially Dollarized Developing Countries, International Journal of Economics and Finance


BIniam E. Bedasso (2015), Educated Bandits: Endogenous Property Rights and Intra-elite Distribution of Human Capital, Journal of Economics and Politics


Biniam E. Bedasso (2015), Ethnicity, Intra-elite Differentiation and Political Stability in Kenya, Journal of African Affairs


Biniam E. Bedasso and Nanso Obikili (2015), A Dream Deferred: The Micro-foundations of Direct Political Action in Pre- and Post- democratization South Africa, Journal of Development Studies


Barry Reilly & Tsegay Gebrekidan Tekleselassie (2017): The role of United States Visa Waiver Program on cross-border travel, Applied Economics Letters


Thomas Assefa, Girum Abebe, Indra Lamoot, and Bart Minten (2016), Urban food retailing and food prices in Africa: the case of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies 6, no. 2 (2016): 90-109.


Alebel B. Weldesilassie, P. Amerasinghe and G. Danso (2011), Assessing the empirical challenges of evaluating the benefits and risks of irrigation with wastewater, Water International vol. 36, No 4, July 2011, Pp. 441 – 454


Alebel B. Weldesilassie; Boelee E; Dreschel P; Dabbert S. (2011), Wastewater use in crop production in Peri-urban Areas of Addis Ababa: impacts on health in farm households, Environment and Development Economics, vol. 16 (1) pp. 25 – 49.


Alebel B. Weldesilassie; Oliver F.; Boelee, E; Dabbert S. (2009), “The Economic Value of Wastewater: A Contingent Valuation Study in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia”, journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics Vol 34 (3) 428 - 449

 Worako TK, Van Schalkwyk HD, Alemu ZG, and Goshu GA (2008).

Producer price and price transmission in a deregulated Ethiopian coffee market; published in Journal of Agricultural Economics (Agrekon), vol 47, No 4 (December 2008).

 Worako TK, Jodaan H., and Van Schalkwyk (2011).

Investigating Volatility of Coffee prices along the Ethiopian Coffee Value chain, published in Journal of Agricultural Economics (Agrekon), Vol. 50 (3) 2011 • ISSN Print 0303-1853/Online 2078-0400. 


Bart Minten, SeneshawTamru, ErmiasEngida and Tadesse Kuma (2015).

Transforming staple food value chains in Africa: The case of teff in Ethiopia, Journal of Development Studies, DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2015.1087509.

Habtamu LD., Ashenafi M., Tadesse K., and Getaw T. (2015).

Occurance of Lactos Intolerance Among Ethiopoia. Journal of Food Processing and Technology, Volume 6, Issue 10,  1000505. 

Worako TK., ,  Dereje M.,  Hirvonen K., and Minten B. (2016).

Cash crop and Food Security: Evidences from Ethiopian Smallholder coffee producers. Ethiopian Strategy Support Program/IFPRI, Working paper 95, September 2016.


Other Publications by EDRI Researchers

Gebreeyesus, Mulu, 2017. Industries without smokestacks: Implications for Ethiopia’s industrialization. WIDER Working Paper 2017/14.


Amanda Lenhardt, Andrew Rogerson, Francesca Guadagno, Tom Berliner, Mulu Gebreeyesus, Alebel Bayru, “One foot on the ground, one foot in the air Ethiopia’s delivery on an ambitious development agenda” https://www.odi.org/sites/odi.org.uk/files/odi-assets/publications-opinion-files/9917.pdf


Tassew W; Alemu B.; Bekel T. Nicola J. and Alebel B. Weldesilassie(2005). “Child Labor, Gender, inequality and rural/urban disparities: How can Ethiopia’s national development strategies be revised to address negative spill over impacts on child education and well being” http://www.younglives.org.uk/wp20.pdf


Alebel B.Weldesilassie and Genanew B (2007) “Households’ Willingness to Resettle and Preference to Forms of Compensation: a case of Addis Ababa http://international.wmich.edu/content/view/716/174


Alebel B.Weldesilassie and Genanew B. (2007). “Investors’ Willingness to Pay for Urban Land: a case of Addis Ababa”, http://international.wmich.edu/content/view/716/174/


Assefa, Thomas, Girum Abebe,  Indra Lamoot, and Bart Minten. "Urban food retailing and food prices in Africa: the case of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia." Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies 6, no. 2 (2016): 90-109. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/JADEE-02-2015-0009



Notes and Papers Series

No. 1 The Feasibility of Late Industrialization in Least-developed Countries- August 2001

No. 2

No. 3 Commercialization of Smallholder Agriculture in Ethiopia, March 2006

No. 4 Aggregation of Output and Cluster Formation of Cottage Industries, April 2006

No. 5 A Note on Non-Equilibrating Economies, March 2007

Peer Reviewed Papers

Alem, Yonas, Abebe Damte Beyene, Gunnar Köhlin and Alemu Mekonnen. 2016.

“Modeling household cooking fuel choice: A panel multinomial logit approach.” Science Direct 59: 129-137.

 Gebreegziabher, Zenebe and G. Cornelis van Kooten. 2015.

“Single versus Multiple Objective(s) Decision Making: An Application to Subsistence Farms in Northern Ethiopia.” Ethiopian Journal of Economics XXIV:2: 129-157.

 Vieider, Ferdinand, Abebe Damte Beyene, Randall Bluffstone, Sahan Dissanayake, Zenebe Gebreegziabher, Peter Martinsson and Alemu Mekonnen. 2016.

“Measuring risk preferences in rural Ethiopia.” Economic Development and Cultural Change :forthcoming: 

 Bouchouicha, Ranoua, Peter Martinsson, Haileselassie Medhin and Ferdinand Vieider. 2016.

“Stake effects on ambiguity attitudes for gains and losses.” Theory & decision :forthcoming: .

 Woubishet, Dawit. 2014.

“Coupling socio-economic factors and eco-hydrological processes using a cascade-modeling approach.” Journal of Hydrology 518: 49-59.

 Woubishet, Dawit. 2013.

“The Effects of Groundwater and Surface Water Use on Total Water Availability and Implications for Water Management: The Case of Lake Naivasha, Kenya.” Water Resources Management 27:9: 3477-3492.

 Woubishet, Dawit. 2016.

“Accounting for Spatial Non-Stationarity to Estimate Population Distribution Using Land Use/Cover. Case Study: the Lake Naivasha Basin, Kenya .” Journal of Settlements and Spatial Planing 4:1: 33-44.

 Woubishet, Dawit. 2014.

“Supporting IWRM through spatial integrated assessment in the Lake Naivasha basin, Kenya.” International Journal of Water Resources Development 30:3: 605-618.

 Woubishet, Dawit. 2014.

“Farm households' preferences for collective and individual actions to improve water-related ecosystem services: The Lake Naivasha basin, Kenya.” Science Direct 7: 22-33.

 Woubishet, Dawit. 2015.

“Firms’ willingness to invest in a water fund to improve water-related ecosystem services in the Lake Naivasha basin, Kenya.” Water International 40:3: 463-482.

 Akay, Alpaslan, Lisa Andersson, Peter Martinsson and Haileselassie Medhin. 2014.

“Positional Concerns among the Poor: Does Reference Group Matter? Evidence from Survey Experiments.” Journal of African Economies 23:5: 673-699.

 Damte Beyene, Abebe, Randall Bluffstone and Alemu Mekonnen. 2015.

“Community forests, carbon sequestration and REDD+: evidence from Ethiopia.” Environment and Development Economics:

 Damte Beyene, Abebe and Menale Kassie. 2015.

“Speed of adoption of improved maize varieties in Tanzania: An application of duration analysis.” Technological Forecasting and Social Change Volume 96, :July 2015: 298-307.

 Bluffstone, Randall, Mahmud Yesuf, Bilisuma Bushie, Takuro Uehara and Demessie Damite. 2015.

“Livestock and Private Tree Holdings in Rural Ethiopia: The Effects of Collective Action Institutions, Tenure Security and Market Access.” The Journal of Development Studies 51:9: 1193-1209.

 Gebreegziabher, Zenebe, Jesper Stage, Alemu Mekonnen and Atlaw Alemu. 2016.

“Climate change and the Ethiopian economy: a CGE analysis.” Environment and Development Economics 21: 205-225.

 Kassie, Menale, Hailemariam Teklewold, Moti Jaleta, Paswel Marenya and Olaf Erenstein. 2014.

“Understanding the adoption of a portfolio of sustainable intensification practices in eastern and southern Africa.” Land Use Policy 42: 400-411.

 Bezu, Sosina, Girma T. Kassie, Bekele Shiferaw and Jacob Ricker-Gilbert. 2014.

“Impact of Improved Maize Adoption on Welfare of Farm Households in Malawi: A Panel Data Analysis.” World Development 59: 120-131.

 Bezu, Sosina and Stein Holden. 2014.

“Demand for second-stage land certification in Ethiopia: Evidence from household panel data.” Land Use Policy 41: 193-205.

 Mekonnen, Alemu. 2014.

“Economic Costs of Climate Change and Climate Finance with a Focus on Africa.” Journal of African Economies 23:2: ii50-ii82.

 Teshome, Akalu, Jan de Graaff, Coen Ritsema and Menale Kassie. 2014.

“Farmers’ Perceptions about the Influence of Land Quality, Land Fragmentation and Tenure Systems on Sustainable Land Management in the North Western Ethiopian Highlands.” Land Degradation and Development: 


Recently Completed

Recently Completed Research Papers

1.       Tariffs, exchange rate overvaluation and anti-export bias: the case of Ethiopian manufacturing by Mulu Gebreeyesus and Alekaw Kebede

2.       How large is the anti-export bias from non-tariff trade barriers: evidence from the Ethiopian manufacturing by Mulu Gebreeyesus and Alekaw Kebede

3.       Foreign Direct Investment In Ethiopia: Challenges, Alternatives And Opportunities By Mulu Gebreeyesus, Birhanu Beshah And Girum Abebe (Edri)

4.       Alleviating the barriers to domestic investment in Addis Ababa by Berihu Assefa, Mulu Gebreeyesus, and Firew Bekele

5.       Policy and Institutional options for effective implementation of industrial park development in Ethiopia by Alebel Bayrau, Mulu Gebreeyesus, Girum Abebe and Berihu Assefa

6.       Export Incentives Effectiveness in the Ethiopian Manufacturing Sector by Mulu Gebreeyesus, Ashagrie Demile and Alekaw kebede

7.       The Competitiveness of Ethiopian Manufacturing Sector 

8.       Industrial Policy Network and Bureaucratic Capacity of Key Public Institutions in Ethiopia by Girum Abebe, Biniam Egu, and Ashagrie Demile

9.       Industrial Park Development in Ethiopia by Alebel Bayru, Mulu Gebreeyesus, Girum Abebe and Berihu Assefa

10.    Assessment of Purchasing Power Performance of Cash Transfer & Wage Rate Determination for EFY 2009 PSNP Clients in Ethiopia By Tadesse Kuma, Tewodros Tebekew & Getachew Ahimed

11.    Global Value Chains and Development of Light Manufacturing in Ethiopia by Mulu gebreeyesus, Bininam Egu, Gidisa Lachisa, Ephrem Andargie 

12.    SituationAnalysisoftheEightGeographicalClustersandDevelopmentofStrategydocumentundertheEUResilienceBuildingProgramin Ethiopia (RESET) by Alebel Bayru