Biography

I’m a development behavioural economist and senior lecturer at the School of International Development (DEV), University of East Anglia (UEA).  I joined the School in July 2004 after completing my DPhil (PhD) studies at the University of Oxford in 2003 and working as a post-doc in Bath for more than a year.

My main research interests revolve around understanding individual behaviour and how that affects welfare in developing countries.  As such, one of the focuses of my research is on intra-household allocations; while earlier research mainly used econometric analysis of household data, my current work combines this with behavioural economics using data from experimental games in developing countries including Ethiopia, India, Nigeria and Uganda.  This research project was funded by an ESRC-DFID grant and involved an inter-disciplinary group of sociologists, anthropologists and economists (for recent research outputs from this project please look at the ‘Research’ web page).

A second area of my research concentrates on understanding social preferences, such as inequality aversion and envy; this project is funded by ESRC.  Specifically, using money-burning experimental games the effect of social preferences on agricultural innovation in Ethiopia is be analysed (for the flagship working paper that came out of this research, please look at the ‘Research’ web page).

Third, I’m involved in a European Union funded inter-disciplinary research project that uses an experimental payment-for-environment service (PES) scheme to conserve the Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda.  How cooperation between villagers affects the implementation of a PES will be examined, among other methods, using different versions of public good games.

In addition to these three main areas, I’ve done research on child health especially using anthropometric measurements, poverty and inequality, land distribution, market structures, household energy demand in developing countries, fisheries economics and mixed research methods (qualitative-quantitative analysis) (a list of outputs on these areas of research can be found in the ‘Research’ web page).  I’m developing a long-term research interest in using insights from psychology – specifically personality psychology – to understand intra-household allocations

Academic Background

My first degree in economics was from the Department of Economics, Addis Ababa University; my master's and DPhil (PhD) studies were both at Oxford University (the first at Queen's and the second at St. Antony's colleges).

At the completion of my undergraduate studies, I was recruited by the Department of Economics at Addis Ababa University and worked there between 1986 and 1997.  While at the department, I lectured on Principles of Economics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and History of Economic Thought and coordinated many courses in addition to administrative tasks.

Just at the completion of my DPhil studies, I was employed as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Bath in an ESRC research project entitled Wellbeing in Developing Countries (WeD).  My main responsibilities at WeD included: participating in a multi-disciplinary project specifically by focusing on contributions from development economics; co-ordinating a multi-purpose household survey; co-editing a Newsletter and supervising a PhD student.  I moved to the School of International Development (DEV) at the UEA in July 2004. 

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