Negash Haile Dedho

PhD fellow

Research group(s):
1. Economics of Knowledge and Innovation
2. Structural Change and Economic Development
5. Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Sustainability Transitions
3. Economic Complexity and Innovation

Negash has been pursuing his Ph.D. at Maastricht University (UNU-MERIT) since 2020. He holds an MSc in Applied Economics from Addis Ababa University and another MSc in Economics of Globalization and European Integration (EMJMD), which was co-organized by the University of Antwerp (Belgium), the University of Lille (France), and the University of Economics Prague (Czechia). Before starting his Ph.D., Negash was a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Economics at Dilla University, Ethiopia, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Microeconomics, Econometrics, Managerial Economics, Mathematical Economics, and Statistics for Economists. Additionally, he has tutored MSc students at Maastricht University in Econometrics, Introductory Data Science, and Advanced Methods for Policy-Relevant Research.

Negash has a robust academic foundation and expertise spanning development economics, applied econometrics, microeconomics, international business, and global strategy. His research primarily explores the influence of institutions on the strategies of multinational firms, with a particular focus on firm heterogeneity. His current research investigates multinational corporations' cross-border investment location strategies, their entry mode choices, innovation strategies, and the knowledge spillovers these companies generate to local firms in weak institutional environments. He is conducting his Ph.D. research under the guidance of Prof. Dr. René Belderbos and Prof. Dr. Alvaro CUERVO-CAZURRA.

His research interests broadly encompass firms' innovation strategies and international business, global strategies, sustainability, trade and globalization, foreign direct investment (FDI) and knowledge spillovers, institutional changes, structural changes and development, applied econometrics, and impact evaluation.