Dr. Abbi M. Kedir


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Abbi M. Kedir is an applied quantitative economist with vast experience (over 25 years) in analysing and modelling development issues with policy focus on economies of Africa.  He got his BA in Economics with distinction in 1991 in Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia followed by his MSc in Economics and Econometrics with distinction in 1998 and PhD in Economics from the University of Nottingham (UK) in 2003. He has experience of working on many regions of the world as a consultant to organisations such as the World Bank and Department for International Development (DFID). He served as government civil servant in Ethiopia (for 2 years in the 1990’s) and as an economic affairs officer at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in 2014 and 2015. He was a lecturer/assistant professor in Economics at the University of Leicester from 2002 to 2012 before joining the UN.  In addition to winning several research grants from major funding councils and supervising 15 PhD students, he published more than 30 peer-reviewed international journal articles and numerous book chapters. His publications appear, among others, in Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Journal of African Economies, European Journal of Industrial Relations, Journal of Development Studies, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of International Development, and African Development Review. At the University of Sheffield (UK), his current research is focused on employment, tax compliance, firm performance, productivity, informal economy, climate change, industrialisation and corruption covering all global regions with specialist focus on Africa.