Girum Abebe

Ethiopian Development Research Institute

Girum Abebe is a researcher at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI). He obtained his Ph.D. in Development Economics in September 2011. His main research interest is the application of field experiments in development economics to study the constraints that face enterprises in developing countries. He has been actively engaged in field experiment designs, particularly in the implementation and impact evaluation of business and management skills training to young entrepreneurs, as well as the impact evaluation of job-search-assistance schemes to young unemployed job-seekers. He has also been studying the mechanisms firms employ to gain new knowledge from technology leaders at home and abroad, and the roles human capital and agglomeration economies play in the learning process.

Researcher's Grant Projects

This project aims to provide some evidence on management in Ethiopia.
Researchers: Simon Quinn, Girum Abebe, Michael Koelle
Grants Round: 5th MRG Round
Country: Ethiopia
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
By randomizing a piloted internship programme for young Ethiopians, the researchers are able to test whether experiential learning from the programme can improve future employment prospects of the interns. 
Researchers: Marcel Fafchamps, Simon Quinn, Girum Abebe
Grants Round: 3rd MRG Round
Country: Ethiopia
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This project aims to quantify the relationship between Foreign Direct Investment and domestic firm development by building on an existing study of Chinese and Indian investment in the processed leather sector in Ethiopia. 
Researchers: Margaret McMillan, Girum Abebe
Grants Round: 2nd MRG round
Country: Ethiopia
Cross-cutting themes: Gender