Alumni profile

Biniam Bedasso

Thesis: The Arc of InstitutionalInstitutional change in the long shadow of elites: essays on institutions, human capital and ethnicity in developing countries, 2013

Promotor(s): Bart Verspagen, Fedderke & Kaj Thomsson

Educational background
  • M.Sc in Economics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (2006)
  • B.A. in Economics, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia (2003)
Professional experience
  • Currently: Research fellow, European Center for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), Maastricht (Sep 2008 - )
  • Fellow, Young African Professionals for Poverty Analysis, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) (Feb 2007 – April 2008)
  • Associate researcher, Ethiopian Development Research Institute (Sep 2003 – Aug 2008)
  • Research associate, Ernst and Young – Ethiopia, 2008
Research interest
Institutional economics, political economy and governance

Research topic
Endogenous determinants of institutional quality, change and persistence
In this research, I intend to analyze the endogenous process in which the quality of institutions is determined. This framework extends to investigating the underlying mechanism of institutional change and why bad institutions persist in equilibrium. My main research question focuses on the impact of the stock and distribution of human capital on the static and dynamic outcomes of institutional quality.

On 10 October 2013 Biniam Bedasso successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled 'The Arc of Institutional Change in the Long Shadow of Elites: Essays on Institutions, Human Capital and Ethnicity in Developing Countries'.

Selected publications by Biniam Bedasso