Dr Abbi Kedir
BA, PGDip, MSc, PhD in Economics
Senior Lecturer in International Business
+44 114 222 3333
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Sheffield University Management School
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
- Firm performance
- Development finance (e.g. fintech, sovereign debt, saving, credit)
- FinTech and women’s entrepreneurship in Africa: the case of Burkina Faso and Cameroon. Journal of Cultural Economy.
- Evaluating the impact of registration on future firm performance in the Middle East and North Africa region: evidence from the World Bank Enterprise Survey. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 41(4), 473-489.
- Explaining cross-country variations in the prevalence of informal sector competitors: lessons from the World Bank Enterprise Survey. International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 15(3), 677-696. View this article in WRRO
- Services industries and the informal economy: an introduction. The Service Industries Journal, 38(11-12), 645-649. View this article in WRRO
- Evaluating competing theories of informal sector entrepreneurship: a study of the determinants of cross-country variations in enterprises starting-up unregistered. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 19(3), 155-165. View this article in WRRO
- Bank fragility in Africa: GMM dynamic panel data evidence. Transnational Corporations Review, 10(2), 170-178. View this article in WRRO
- Estimating farmers’ willingness to pay for weather index-based crop insurance uptake in West Africa: Insight from a pilot initiative in Southwestern Burkina Faso. Agricultural and Food Economics, 6. View this article in WRRO
- Household survey evidence on domestic workers in Ethiopia. The Service Industries Journal, 38(11-12), 824-840. View this article in WRRO
- A Ricardian valuation of the impact of climate change on Nigerian Cocoa production: Insight for adaptation policy. International Journal of Climate Change and Strategies Management. View this article in WRRO
- Explaining Cross-National Variations in the Prevalence of Informal Sector Entrepreneurship: lessons from a survey of 142 countries. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, 23(1). View this article in WRRO
- Contesting the underperformance thesis of women entrepreneurs: firm-level evidence from South Africa. International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development, 17(1), 21-35. View this article in WRRO
- Blood pressure and cholesterol level checks as dynamic interrelated screening examinations. Scientific Reports, 7. View this article in WRRO
- EVALUATING THE IMPACTS OF STARTING UP UNREGISTERED ON FIRM PERFORMANCE IN AFRICA. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, 22(03), 1750017-1750017. View this article in WRRO
- Starting-up unregistered and firm performance in Turkey. International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 13(3), 797-817. View this article in WRRO
- Informal Entrepreneurship in Developing Economies: The Impacts of Starting Up Unregistered on Firm Performance. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 41(5), 773-799. View this article in WRRO
- Growth and Development Finance Required for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa. African Development Review, 29, 15-26. View this article in WRRO
- The Complexity of Marriage in Rural Ethiopia: Parental Transfers and Postmarital Residence Choices. Journal of Development Studies, 53(1), 68-81. View this article in WRRO
- The impacts of corruption on firm performance: some lessons from 40 African countries. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, 21(4). View this article in WRRO
- Business Registration and Firm Performance: Some Lessons From India. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, 21. View this article in WRRO
- Does bribery have a negative impact on firm performance? a firm-level analysis across 132 developing countries. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, 22(3), 398-415. View this article in WRRO
- Innovative Sources of Finance for Africa’s Structural Transformation. Paserelles, 16(2), 12-15.
- Inclusive Growth and inequalities in the era of structural transformation: evidence from Ethiopia. Development, 57(3-4), 512-512-520.
- Revisiting the Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment in Africa: the role of Institutions and Policy Reforms. Tanzanian Economic Review.
- Cervical Cancer Screening Service Utilisation in UK. Scientific Reports, 3. View this article in WRRO
- Schooling, BMI, Height and Wages: Panel Evidence on Men and Women,. Economic Issues, 18(2), 1-18.
- POVERTY AND WELFARE OF THE POOR IN A HIGH-INCOME COUNTRY: EVIDENCE FROM TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO. Journal of International Development, 25(4), 520-535.
- Evaluating the extent and nature of the informalization of employment relations in South-East Europe. European Journal of Industrial Relations, 19(2), 91-107.
- Evaluating ‘varieties of capitalism’ by the extent and nature of the informal economy: the case of South-Eastern Europe. South-Eastern Europe Journal of Economics (SEEJE), 10(2), 87-104.
- Financial Integration and Common Investment Market among ECOWAS countries,. Journal of West African Integration.
- Household Level Credit Constraints in Urban Ethiopia. Ethiopian Journal of Economics, 20(1), 1-24.
- Donor coordination in a fragile states of Africa: Capacity building for peace and poverty reduction. World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, 7(2/3/4), 307-356.
- ROSCAs in Urban Ethiopia: Are the Characteristics of the Institutions More Important than those of Members?. Journal of Development Studies, 47(7), 998-1016.
- Illegitimate Wage Practices in Southeast Europe: An Evaluation of ‘Envelope Wages. Balkanistica, 24.
- Illegitimate wage practices in Southeast Europe: An evaluation of "Envelope Wages". Balkanistica, 24(1), 239-262.
- Violence against Ethiopian Women. Gender, Place and Culture.
- Measuring individuals’ valuation distributions using a stochastic payment card approach: application to solid waste management in Nigeria. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 11(3), 509-521.
- Simultaneous Random Effect Models of Poverty and Childbearing in Ethiopia,. Ethiopian Journal of Economics, 14(2), 1-32.
- Quadratic Engel Curves with Measurement Error: Evidence from a Budget Survey. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 69(1), 123-138.
- A Community-Based Trachoma Survey: Prevalence and Risk Factors in the Tigray Region of Northern Ethiopia. Ophthalmic Epidemiology, 13(3), 173-181.
- Poverty and Fertility Dynamics: A Comparative Analysis. Population Review, 45(2).
- Poverty and fertility in developing countries: a comparative analysis for Albania, Ethiopia, Indonesia and Vietnam. Population Review, 45(2), 1-23.
- Heterogeneity in returns to schooling: Econometric evidence from Ethiopia. Journal of Development Studies, 41(8), 1405-1416.
- Understanding urban chronic poverty: crossing the qualitative and quantitative divide. Environment and Urbanization, 17(2), 43-54.
- Estimation of Own- and Cross-price Elasticities using Unit Values: Econometric Issues and Evidence from Urban Ethiopia. Journal of African Economies, 14(1), 1-20.
- Chronic poverty in urban Ethiopia: panel data evidence. International Planning Studies, 10(1), 49-67.
- Chronic Poverty in Urban Ethiopia: Panel Data Evidence. International Planning Studies, 10(1), 49-67.
- Rural poverty report 2001: the challenge of ending rural poverty edited by the INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT (IFAD). (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001, pp. 266). Journal of International Development, 15(5), 667-668.
- Valuing freedom: Sen's capability approach and poverty reduction edited by SABINA ALKIRE. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002, pp. 340). Journal of International Development, 15(5), 665-667.
- The paradox of Africa's poverty: the role of indigenous knowledge, traditional practices and local institutions - the case of Ethiopia. Journal of International Development, 13(2), 290-291.
- Modelling Poverty and Its Determinants for Urban Ethiopia: The Multinomial Logit Selection Model. Ethiopian Journal of Economics, 6(2), 1-36.
- Analysis of Technical Efficiency of Cereal Producers in Ethiopia: Evidence from three regions. Ethiopian Journal of Economics, 5(1), 39-62.
- Institutions and Firm Registration in Africa, Enterprise and Economic Development in Africa (pp. 243-257).
- Disruptive Financial Technology (FinTech) and Entrepreneurship in Burkina Faso, Disruptive Technologies, Innovation and Development in Africa (pp. 171-186). Springer International Publishing
- Disruptive Technology, Foreign Direct Investment and Private Sector Development Polices in Africa, Disruptive Technologies, Innovation and Development in Africa (pp. 227-253). Springer International Publishing
- Nutrition, Health and Productivity in Africa: Evidence from Ethiopia, World Scientific Series in Grand Public Policy Challenges of the 21st Century (pp. 411-430). WORLD SCIENTIFIC
- Rethinking Agricultural Transformation and Food Security in Africa, World Scientific Series in Grand Public Policy Challenges of the 21st Century (pp. 373-410). WORLD SCIENTIFIC
- Monetary and Other Financial Policies for Africa’s Structural Transformation, Macroeconomic Policy Framework for Africa's Structural Transformation (pp. 145-216). Springer International Publishing
- Fiscal Policy, Long-Term Growth and Structural Transformation in Africa, Macroeconomic Policy Framework for Africa's Structural Transformation (pp. 97-143). Springer International Publishing
- Environment and climate change in Africa in an era of sustainable development goals, From Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals (pp. 152-166). Routledge
- Enhancing regionalism for intra-african and african inward foreign direct investment, Contemporary Regional Development in Africa (pp. 119-138).
- Reforming the development banks’ country policy and institutional assessment as an aid allocation tool: The case for country self-assessment, Development in Africa: Refocusing the Lens after the Millennium Development Goals (pp. 283-314).
- Tax Evasion and Capital Flight in Africa*, Capital Flight from Africa (pp. 301-322). Oxford University Press
- Debating Critical Issues of Green Growth and Energy in Africa: Thinking beyond Our Lifetimes, Managing Africa’s Natural Resources (pp. 185-205). Palgrave Macmillan UK
- From Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals Routledge
- Debating Critical Issues of Green Growth and Energy in Africa, Managing Africa's Natural Resources Palgrave Macmillan
- Women’s entrepreneurship in the context of a matriarchal society in Indonesia In McAdam M & Cunningham J (Ed.), Women and Global Entrepreneurship: Contextualising Everyday Experiences
Conference proceedings papers
- Inclusive Growth and Inequalities in the Context of Structural Transformation: Evidence from Ethiopia. Development, Vol. 57(3-4) (pp 512-520)
- Tackling envelope wages in the European Union. European Public Choice Society, 8 April 2010 - 11 April 2010.
- Health and Productivity: Panel Data Evidence from Ethiopia. African Development Review, Vol. 21(1) (pp 59-72)
- An Evaluation of the Scale of Undeclared Work in the European Union and Its Structural Determinants: Estimates Using the Labour Input Method View this article in WRRO
- 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.
- Why Use ROSCAs When You Can Use Banks? Theory and Evidence from Ethiopia. IZA Discussion Paper.
- 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.