Kibrom Abay

Kibrom, an Ethiopian citizen, is a Country Program Leader and Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). He holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from the University of Copenhagen.  He is a development and agricultural economist with research interests covering rural development, agricultural transformation, urbanization, food and nutrition security, and behavioral economics. Most of Kibrom’s research involves impact evaluation and other econometric methods.  He possesses strong quantitative and microeconometric skills that can be applied to wide spectrum of economic problems. He has published several papers in decent field and general interest journals, including Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Agricultural Economics, Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Development Studies, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Economics Letters, World Bank Economic Review as well as other field journals.

Fields of specialization

Poverty and inequality , Labour markets and employment


Title Country Themes
COVID-19 and Food Security in Ethiopia: Do Social Protection Programs Protect? Ethiopia Health and nutrition , Agriculture and food security
Simulations of policy responses and interventions to promote inclusive adaptation to and recovery from the COVID-19 crisis in Ethiopia Ethiopia Health and nutrition
Can Urbanization Improve Household Welfare and Provide Inclusive Opportunities? The Case of Urban Expansion in Ethiopia Ethiopia Poverty and Inequality
Locus of Control and Technology Adoption in Africa: Evidence from Ethiopia Ethiopia Poverty and Inequality , Agriculture and food security


Dr Kibrom Abay
Country Program Leader and Research Fellow
International Food Policy Research Institute

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