Wondimagegn Tesfaye MSc

PhD fellow

Research group(s):
4. Sustainable Development, Innovation and Societal Transitions
3. Economic Development, Innovation, Governance and Institutions
1. The Economics of Knowledge and Innovation
2. Social Protection, Inclusive Innovation and Development

Wondimagegn has an MSc in Agricultural Economics and a BSc in Agribusiness from Haramaya University, Ethiopia. Prior to joining UNU-MERIT in September 2014 as a Ph.D. fellow, he has served as Graduate Assistant and later as a Lecturer and researcher at Haramaya University and as a part-time researcher for a private consultancy firm in Ethiopia. His Ph.D. research explores the effect of selected climate-smart innovations and practices on rural households’ welfare and adaptive capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Wondimagegn has been a visiting fellow at Cornell University under the Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS) fellowship with a financial support provided through the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM). His STAARS research project focuses on analyzing the complex link between climate-smart agricultural practices, adaptive capacity and poverty dynamics in Sub-Saharan Africa using the World Bank LSMS-ISA panel data. 

Wondimagegn has a strong interest in applied econometrics (cross-sectional and panel data), impact evaluation and mathematical programming techniques and their applications in a wider range of economic and development problems. Wondimagegn’s research interest revolves around development economics, agricultural economics and applied microeconomics with a particular focus on areas including climate change adaptation and mitigation, sustainable agriculture and structural transformation, food and nutrition security, poverty dynamics, agricultural innovations and social networks, households' decision-making behavior, and risk management.

Selected publications by Wondimagegn Tesfaye