Dr. Wondimagegn Tesfaye

Affiliated Researcher

Research group(s):
5. Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Sustainability Transitions
4. Governance and institutions
1. Economics of Knowledge and Innovation
7. Social Protection

Wondimagegn has a PhD in Economics from Maastricht University and an MSc in Agricultural Economics from Haramaya University, Ethiopia. Prior to joining UNU-MERIT in September 2014 as a Ph.D. fellow, he has served 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 effects of selected climate-smart innovations on rural households’ welfare and risk coping 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 financial support provided through the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM). His STAARS research project focuses on analyzing the link between conservation agriculture and rural poverty in Ethiopia 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 development and agricultural economics with a particular focus on areas including climate change adaptation and mitigation, sustainable agriculture and structural transformation, welfare analysis, agricultural innovations and social networks, households' decision-making behavior, and risk management.

Selected publications by Wondimagegn Tesfaye

Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Ahmed, Musa Hasen , Wondimagegn Tesfaye & Franziska Gassmann, 2022, Early Growing Season Weather Variation, Expectation Formation, and Agricultural Land Allocation Decisions in Ethiop, Journal of Agricultural Economics, Online, DOI: 10.1111/1477-9552.12507, More information
Tesfaye, Wondimagegn, Garrick Blalock & Nyasha Tirivayi, 2021, Climate-Smart Innovations and Rural Poverty in Ethiopia: Exploring Impacts and Pathways, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 103(3): 878-899, DOI: 10.1111/ajae.12161, More information
Tesfaye, Wondimagegn & Nyasha Tirivayi, 2019, Crop diversity, household welfare and consumption smoothing under risk: Evidence from rural Uganda, World Development, 125: 104686-, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2019.104686, More information
Haile, Kaleab, Nyasha Tirivayi & Wondimagegn Tesfaye, 2019, Farmers’ willingness to accept payments for ecosystem services on agricultural land: The case of climate-smart agroforestry in Ethiopia, Ecosystem Services, 39: 100964-, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2019.100964, More information
Tesfaye, Wondimagegn & Nyasha Tirivayi, 2018, The Impacts of Postharvest Storage Innovations on Food Security and Welfare in Ethiopia, Food Policy, 75: 52-67, DOI: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2018.01.004, More information
Tirivayi, Nyasha, Louise Nennen, Wondimagegn Tesfaye & Qiang Ma, 2018, The benefits of collective action: Exploring the role of forest producer organizations in social protection, Forest Policy and Economics, 90: 106-114, DOI: 10.1016/j.forpol.2018.01.010, More information
Gebremariam, Gebrelibanos & Wondimagegn Tesfaye, 2018, The heterogeneous effect of shocks on agricultural innovations adoption: Microeconometric evidence from rural Ethiopia, Food Policy, 74: 154-161, DOI: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2017.12.010
Tesfaye, Wondimagegn & Lemma Seifu, 2016, Climate change perception and choice of adaptation strategies: Empirical evidence from smallholder farmers in east Ethiopia, International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, 8(2): 253-270, DOI: 10.1108/ IJCCSM-01-2014-0017

UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Tesfaye, Wondimagegn & Nyasha Tirivayi, 2016, The effect of improved storage innovations on food security and welfare in Ethiopia, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2016-063

Research reports
Tirivayi, Nyasha, Prosper Matondi, Sonila Tomini, Wondimagegn Tesfaye, Sheila Chikulo & Claudia van den Berg Morelli, 2016, Humanitarian Assistance through Mobile Cash Transfers: Evaluation of the Emergency Cash-First Response to food security in drought-affected communities in Southern Zimbabwe through a mobile cash transfer project, Commissioned by CARE International and DFID in Zimbabwe, More information

Tesfaye, Wondimagegn, 2019, Essays on the Impacts of Climate-Smart Agricultural Innovations on Household Welfare, PhD dissertation Maastricht University / United Nations University

Tirivayi, Nyasha, Wondimagegn Tesfaye, Sonila Tomini, Cristy Mclennan, David Rinnert & Mira Gratier, 2016, Emergency Cash-First Response to Drought-Affected Communities in the Southern Provinces of Zimbabwe – Impact Evaluation Findings , Brief is based on the evaluation report titled Humanitarian Assistance through Mobile Cash Transfers: Evaluation of the Emergency Cash-First Response to food security in drought-affected communities in Southern Zimbabwe through a mobile cash transfer project, More information