Assistant Professor, Economics (Non-Tenure Track)
Ph. D., Wageningen School of Social Science, the Netherlands, 2012
Development, micro-economic analysis of small-scale industries, taxation
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
2015 "Why can we not demonstrate the difference that
Norwegian aid makes? An evaluation of the results measurement system and
practice." Journal of Development
Effectiveness, with Espen Villanger, Rob Lloyd and Derek Poate. DOI:10.1080/19439342.2015.1096297
2014 "To Pay or Not to Pay? Citizens’ Attitudes
Toward Taxation in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and South Africa." World Development, 64:828-842, with Odd-Helge Fjeldstad and Ingrid Hoem Sjursen
2014 "Clustering as an Organizational
Response to Capital Market Inefficiency: Evidence from Microenterprises in Ethiopia." Small Business Economics, 43:697-709,
with X. Zhang and J. Peerlings.
2014 "Understanding Inequalities in Child Health in
Ethiopia: Health Achievements Are Improving in the Period 2000– 2011." PLoS ONE, 9:e106460.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0106460, with Eirin Kruger Skaftun and Ole Frithjof
inequalities in Ethiopia: modelling within-group and between-group
inequalities." International Journal
for Equity in Health, 12. Doc.10.1186/1475-9276-12, with Eirik Joakim
Tranvåg and Ole Frithjof Norheim from Bergen University
2012 "Farm households and non-farm
activities in Ethiopia: does clustering influence entry and exit?" Agricultural Economics, 43:253-266,
2011 "Value Added of Cluster Membership for Micro
Enterprises of the Handloom Sector in Ethiopia." World Development, 39:363-374, with J. Peerlings.
2011 "Ethnic Ties in Trade Relationships and the
Impact on Economic Performance: The Case of Small-Scale Producers in Ethiopia." Journal of Development Studies,
47:1241-1260, with J.Peerlings.
"Taxing the urban boom: property
taxation in Africa," with Odd-Helge Fjeldstad and Tom Goodfellow, CMI Insight, March
"Property Taxation in Developing Countries," with Odd-Helge Fjeldstad and Lucas
Ketera, CMI Brief, March 2017.
"Industrial Clusters Promotion as a
tool for private sector development:
The UNIDO experience in Ethiopia," with Nicola D. Coniglio, Adnan Seric (2013) Bergen: Chr.
Michelsen Institute (vol. 12 no. 5).
"Government's role in cluster
development for MSEs: Lessons from Ethiopia,"
Merima Ali (2012) Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (Report R 2012:2).
“Colonial legacy, state building
and the salience of ethnicity in Sub-Saharan Africa” (joint with Odd-Helge,
Abdulaziz Shifa and Boqian Jiang) Revise
and Resubmit The Economic Journal.
“Information technology and fiscal
capacity in a developing country: Micro- evidence from Ethiopia”, ICTD working
paper, 2015 (joint with Abdulaziz Shifa, Firew Woldeyes and Abebe Shimeles).
"New Link“Diffusion of labor standards from
origin to host countries: Cross-country evidence from FDI in Africa”, EUI
Working Paper RSCAS 2014/22 (joint with Adnan Seric).
“Health Workers Absenteeism in
Tanzania and the Effect on Service Delivery” (joint with Ottar Mæstad).
Research Grants and Awards
2016 Principal Investigator: "Mapping Tax Compliance Costs for Businesses in Africa," funded by International Centre for Taxation and Development ($50,000)
2016 "Taxing the urban boom in Tanzania: Interests, incentives and real estate in Dar es Salaam," funded by Norwegian Embassy Dar es Salaam
2015 Principal Investigator: "Electronic sales register machines, tax enforcement and tax outcomes," funded by International Centre for Taxation and Development ($112,000)
2013 Principal Investigator: "Impact evaluation on the role of IT on tax compliance in Ethiopia," funded by International Centre for Taxation and Development ($52,136)
2013 Co-principal Investigator: "A fair path towards universal coverage: National case study for Ethiopia, Uganda and Zambia," funded by International Development Research Centre ($52,607)
2013 End review of "UNIDO, Entrepreneurship development for the youth in Mozambique," funded by NORAD
2013 Evaluation of the Norwegian aid administration's systems & practices, funded by NORAD
2013 "Edible oil value chain enhancement and clustering in Ethiopia," funded by UNIDO