Sisay Asefa

Sisay Asefa

Dr. Sisay Asefa


Professor of Economics & Director of the Center for African Development Policy Research, Haenicke Institute of Global Education (HIGE), WMU
Ph.D., Iowa State University, 1980

5455 Friedmann Hall

(269) 387-5556


Principles of Economics, Development Economics; African Economies, Managerial Economics, Rural Transformation Policy, Regulatory Economics and Institutions 


Development Policy, Rural Development, Food Security, Governance and Institutions 

Selected Publications

The Political Economy of Good Governance. Edited with W. Huang, forthcoming, 2014

Chief Editor, International Journal of African Development, Fall October, 2013.

“Rural Poverty and Food Insecurity in Ethiopia”: The quest for Sustainable Institutions and Technologies, Vol 4, No.1, 2012, S. Asefa & A.Lemi, Ethiopian E-journal for Research and Innovation Foresight (Ee-JRIF), Denmark.

“Combating Food Insecurity and Rural Poverty in Ethiopia” S. Asefa , W.Negatu & T.Mogues:Vol.4, No.1,2012, Ethiopian e-journal for Research and Innovation Foresight (Ee-JRIF), Denmark

“Sustainability of Expansion in An African Airlines: The Case of Ethiopian Airlines” (W. Lisa Whittaker) in International Journal of African Development (IJAD), see link:

“Do Foreign Direct Investment and Foreign Aid Promote Good Governance in Africa? (With A. Lemi and B. Solomon), International Journal of African Development, fall, 2013

“The Challenges of Peace and Democracy in the Horn of Africa: Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan," Predicaments in the Horn of Africa, edited by Ulf Johannson Dahre, Department of Economics History, Social Anthropology and Political Science, Lund University, Sweden, 2012

"Differential Impacts of Economic Volatility and Governance on Manufacturing and Non-Manufacturing Foreign Direct Investment: The Case of US Multinationals in Africa" (with A.Lemi), Eastern Economic Journal, Wesleyan University, CT, 2009

Globalization and International Development: Editor, W.E. Upjohn Institute, Kalamazoo, MI, USA 2010.

"The Challenge to Peace and Sustainable Development in the Horn of Africa" in Horn of Africa: (An Independent Journal that promotes Democracy, Good Governance and Respect for Human Rights in the Horn of Africa), Rutgers University, NJ. Volume 27, 2009

"Can African Universities be transformed through International Academic Linkages? The Case of Ethiopia, "Proceedings of the First International Conference on Educational Research for Development, College of Education, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa University Press 2009"

"The Challenge of Building Institutions of Governance for Economic Development in Ethiopia", Northeast African Studies, Vol 10.1, Guest Editor, Michigan State University Press.

The Economics of Sustainable Development, editor, W.E. Upjohn for Employment Research, 2005.

Foreign Direct Investment and Uncertainty: Empirical Evidence from Africa, (with A. Lemi) African Finance Journal ,Vol. 5, no.1, 2003.

"Challenges and Prospects for Regional Integration in the Horn of Africa, Horn of Africa Vol.21. 2003, Rutgers University.

Empirical Analysis of the Determinants of Demand for Children in Jimma City, Ethiopia, (with B. Tadesse), Eastern Africa Social Science Review, vol 28, no.2.June 2002.

Who Participates in Labor Intensive Public Works Schemes in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Rural Botswana and Kenya, (with T.Teklu ), World Development, 27 (2)

Factors Affecting Employment Choice in a Labor-Intensive Public Works Scheme in Rural Botswana", (with T. Teklu), Economic Development and Cultural Change, Vol. 46, No. 1, 1997.

The Political Economy of Poverty and Food Insecurity in Africa, Michigan Academician, 28 (1), 1996. The University of Michigan, Ann-Arbor.

Perspectives on Agricultural Policy, Rural Poverty, and Food Insecurity in Ethiopia, Proceedings of the Agricultural Economics Society of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, 1995.

Human Capital and Economic Development (with W. Huang), ed. W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, (Fall 1994).

World Food and Agriculture: Economic Issues and Problems edited by Sisay Asefa, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 1988.

Economic Decision Making: Public and Private Decisions, (ed.) Iowa State University Press, 1985.  


Department of Economics
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Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008 USA
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