Dr Abbi Kedir

BA, PGDip, MSc, PhD in Economics

Management School

Senior Lecturer in International Business

+44 114 222 3333

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Dr Abbi Kedir
Management School
Sheffield University Management School
Conduit Road
S10 1FL

Abbi M. Kedir got is BA in Economics in 1991 in Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia and this is followed by his MSc in Economics and Econometrics with distinction in 1998 at the University of Nottingham, UK. He got his PhD in Economics also from the University of Nottingham in 2003. He has experience of working on many regions of the world and served as government civil servant and economic affairs officer at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. He published more than 45 peer-reviewed articles in international journals and numerous book chapters. His publications appear, among others, in Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of African Economies, European Journal of Industrial Relations, and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. He serves in an editorial board of different international journals such as Journal of Development Studies, and Journal of Entrepreneurship Behaviour and Research.

  • PhD in Economics, University of Nottingham, UK
  • MSc in Economics and Econometrics, University of Nottingham, UK
  • BA in Economics, Addis Ababa University
Research interests
  • International trade
  • International development
  • Foreign direct investment
  • Privatisation
  • Firm performance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Development finance (e.g. fintech, sovereign debt, saving, credit)

Journal articles


Conference proceedings papers


Working papers

  • Williams CC, Kedir AM & Fethi MD (2011) Evaluating tax invasion in the European Union: a case study of the prevalence and character of 'envelope wage' payments. Working Paper No.11/33, Department of Economics, University of Leicester. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kedir AM, Disney RF & Dasgupta I () Why Use ROSCAs When You Can Use Banks? Theory and Evidence from Ethiopia. IZA Discussion Paper. RIS download Bibtex download


  • Funder: ESRC (Quality Related (QR)- GCRF/ODA project) Description: Female labour supply and the escape from poverty: new evidence from household data Co-applicants: A. McKay and R. Disney. Time period: 2015-2018
  • Funder: European Commission Description: Estimating the size of the Undeclared Economy in the EU28. Co-applicants: C. Williams, P. Bejaković, D. Mijulic and J. Franic. Time period: 2016-2020
  • Funder: International Development Research Center (IDRC) GroW Programme Description: Early labour market transitions of women in Africa. Co-applicants: A. McKay, A. Newell, C. Rienzo, J. Kabubo-Mariara, A. Wambugu, S. Ssewanyana, I. Kasirye, G. Ahaibwe, S. Nuru Ali, A. Kamanzi, C. Wetta, F. Zida, L. Boakye-Yiadom and N. Owoo. Time period: 2014-2017
  • Funder: Economic and Social Research Council (UK): ESRC-DFID Growth Research Programme Description: Politics, Finance and Growth. Co-applicants: P. Demetriades, S. Andrianova, B. Baltagi, T. Beck, D. Fielding, S. Hall, S. Koch, R. Lensink and P. L. Rousseau. Time period: 2012-2015
  • Funder: British Academy Description: Household Credit Demand and Welfare in Ethiopia Co-applicants: Gaia Garino Time period: 2011-2013
  • Funder: British Academy Description: Poverty and Inequality in Trinidad and Tobago Co-applicants: - Time period: 2008
  • Funder: Department for Education and Skills (DfES) Description: Capacity Building for the Department of Economics, University of Gondar Co-applicants: - Time period: 2007-2008
  • Funder: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Description: Credit Markets, Debt and Saving Behaviour of Ethiopian rural and urban households: an investigation using Ethiopian data Co-applicants: R. Disney Time period: 2003-2004
Teaching interests

I am interested in teaching any of the following subjects: international business/trade, entrepreneurship, managerial economics, development finance, international development, financial econometrics, statistics and econometrics. Most of my teaching is research-led. This helps students to appreciate the benefits of applying theories and concepts to tackle important global challenges in interntional business and international development.

Teaching activities
  • Entrepreneurial Economies, since 2017 (PG)
  • European Business, since 2017 (PG)
  • Development Finance 2020(PG)
  • Managerial Economics, since 2018, (PG)
  • Business Strategy, since 2017 (UG)
Professional activities and memberships
  • Editorial Board Member of Journal of Development Studies
  • Journal of Entrepreneurship Behaviour and Research
  • Special Issue Editor of The Services Industries Journal
PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD student who are interested in the following broad disciplinary areas using quantitative research methods; international business/trade, entrepreneurship, development finance, and international development.