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Yonas Alem

Research fellow, PhD

Address: P.O. Box 640, SE 405 30 Gothenburg
Visiting address: Vasagatan 1, E-building
Room: E-621
Tel: 46 (0)31 786 1371
Fax: 46 (0)31 786 1043
Email: yonas.alem@economics.gu.se

I am an economist applying microeconomics and econometrics to research on a range of topics related to poverty, economic development, and the environment in developing regions of the world, with a particular focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.

My previous work focused on application of applied panel data econometric techniques to measure the impact of shocks on household welfare, poverty dynamics and technology adoption in Africa.

In collaboration with a number of colleagues and graduate students, I’m continuing my research on technology adoption and the impact of shocks on household welfare, as well as, the impact of climate variability and change on agriculture and well-being, and household energy choice.

I currently work as Research Director for the (EfD) Environment for Development initiative. The EfD has succeeded in creating a network that provides research and academic capacity building in seven developing and emerging countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, China, Costa Rica and Chile). As the EfD research director, I’m in charge of administering the EfD research fund, evaluating research proposals and papers, and co-editing the EfD Discussion Paper series together with Professor Peter Berck of the University of California Berkeley. 


Ph.D. Economics, University of Gothenburg, May 2011.

  • Dissertation: Essays on Shocks, Welfare, and Poverty Dynamics: Micro-econometric Evidence from Ethiopia.

MSc. Economics, Addis Ababa University, 2004.

MSc. Specialization Certificate, Environmental Economics, University of Pretoria, 2003

B.A. Economics, Addis Ababa University, 2002.

Recent teaching

  • Development Economics (PhD)
  • Panel Data Econometrics (PhD)
  • Development Econometrics (PhD)
  • Applied Econometrics (MSc.)
  • Graduate Econometrics (MSc.)


Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Alem, Y., Hassen, S., & Köhlin, G. 2014. Adoption and Dis-adoption of Electric Cookstove: Panel Data Evidence from Ethiopia, Forthcoming, Resource and Energy Economics.

Sterner, T., Alem, Y. et al., (2014). The Environment for Development Initiative: lessons learned in research, academic capacity building and policy intervention to manage resources for sustainable growth, Forthcoming, Environment and Development Economics.

Alem, Y., 2014. Poverty dynamics and intra-household heterogeneity in occupations: Evidence from urban Ethiopia, forthcoming, Oxford Development Studies

Alem, Y., Köhlin, G., & Stage, J. 2014. The Persistence of subjective Poverty in Urban Ethiopia, World Development, 56: 51-61.

Alem, Y., & Köhlin, G. 2013. The Impact of Food Price Inflation on Subjective Well-being: Evidence from Urban Ethiopia. Forthcoming, Social Indicators Research.

Ekbom, A., Alem, Y., & Sterner, T. 2013. Integrating Soil Science into Agricultural Production Frontiers, Environment and Development Economics, 18(3): 291-308.

Alem, Y., and Söderbom M., 2012. Household-level consumption in urban Ethiopia: The effects of a large food price shock. World Development, 40: 146-162.

Alem, Y., Bezabih, M., Kassie, M., Zikhali, P., 2010. Does fertilizer use respond to rainfall variability? Panel data evidence from Ethiopia. Agricultural Economics, 41: 165-175.

Recent Working Papers

Alem, Y. 2013. Life-Satisfaction in Urban Ethiopia: The Role of Relative Poverty and Unobserved Heterogeneity (Revise and Resubmit). 

Alem, Y., & Colmer, J. 2013. Optimal Expectations and the Welfare Cost of Climate Variability, Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg (Under Review).

Alem, Y., & Broussard, H. N. 2013. Do Safety Nets Promote Technology Adoption? Panel Data Evidence from Rural Ethiopia (Under Review).

Alem, Y., Damte, A., Köhlin, G., & Mekonen, A. 2012. Household fuel choice in urban Ethiopia: a Random Effects Multinomial Logit Analysis (Under Review).

Alem, Y., and Martinsson, P. 2011. What do policy makers know about the factors that influence citizens’ subjective well-being?. Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg (Under Review).

Alem, Y., 2011. The impact of food price inflation on consumer welfare in urban Ethiopia: A quadratic almost ideal demand system approach. Department of economics, University of Gothenburg.


Research In-progress 

The Impact of Modern Cooking Stoves and Energy Prices on Charcoal Consumption in Urban Africa: Evidence from RCT in Tanzania (with Peter Berck, University of California Berkeley, and Remidius Ruhinduka, University of Dar es Salaam)

The Effects of a Mindfulness-Based-Stress-Reduction Programme on Health-Related Behaviors: A Randomized Controlled Evaluation (With Behrend, H., Belot, M., and Biro, A. University of Edinburgh)

Remittances as consumption smoothing mechanism: A Dynamic System GMM analysis

On the Measurement of Food Poverty Persistence: Does Monetization Distort Figures?

Estimation of Food Price Elasticities: Do Unobservables Matter? (With Söderbom, M. University of Gothenburg).




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