Andinet Woldemichael

Research Economist

African Development Bank Group

About me

I am a Research Economist at the African Development Bank Group. My research interests include growth and structural transformation, labor market issues in Africa, the nexus between nutrition and early-life shocks and human capital formation, health risks and formal and informal insurance mechanisms, firm dynamism, and financial inclusion. I received my PhD in Economics from Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University and completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.


  • Labor Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Bayesian Econometrics
  • Agriculture
  • Innovation and firm-level dynamics


  • PhD in Economics, 2013

    Georgia State University

  • MSc in Economics, 2006

    Addis Ababa University

  • BA in Economics, 2003

    Addis Ababa University

Journal Publications

Food Inflation and Child Health

Malnutrition is one of the most important early life shocks that have lasting effects on health. An often neglected cause of …

Can Urbanisation Improve Household Welfare? Evidence From Ethiopia

Despite evolving evidence that Africa is experiencing urbanisation in a different way, empirical evaluations of the welfare …

Does Inflation Kill? Food Price Inflation and Child Survival

Since the dawn of the new millennium, significant stride has been made in terms of reducing under-five mortality. While advances in …

An Empirical Analysis of Health Shocks and Informal Risk Sharing Networks

This paper investigates informal risk sharing against health shocks in the presence of multiple risk sharing networks. We use a panel …

Sequential therapies and the cost-effectiveness of treating metastatic colon cancer patients

BACKGROUND–Technological advances in colon cancer treatment have significantly increased survival outcomes among metastatic …

Working Papers

Winners and Losers from COVID-19 : Global Evidence from Google Search

As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc across the world, researchers are attempting to quantify the economic fallout from the pandemic as …

Human Capital, Productivity, and Structural Transformation

This paper revisits the role of investment in human capital in closing the productivity gap, boosting labor productivity growth, …

The Cost of Inaction: Obstacles and Lost Jobs in Africa

Africa has no shortage of labor supply. But it lacks high-productivity job opportunities in high- productivity nonagricultural sectors. …

Labor Market Flexibility and Jobs in Selected African Countries

Africa enjoyed relatively fast economic growth over the past decade and a half. The sustained growth undoubtedly kindled hopes for a …

Community-Based Health Insurance and Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Spending in Africa--Evidence from Rwanda

In the absence of third party and prepayment systems such as health insurance and tax-based healthcare financing, households in many …

Policy Briefs

Long-run impacts of the conflict in Ukraine on food security in Africa

Many African countries heavily rely on imports of agricultural commodities and agricultural inputs from Ukraine and Russia, for example …

Dubai's Economic Transformation: Lessons for Some African Countries

In this paper, we review Dubai’s unique economic transformation model, which has been driven by bold government interventions in …

Africa’s Agricultural Transformation:Identifying Priority Areas and Overcoming Challenges

Africa has achieved unprecedented economic growth over the past two decades and is experiencing its longest period of sustained …

Transforming Africa’s Agriculture through Agro-Industrialization

Economic growth in Africa has been accelerating for the past two decades. The continent enjoyed sustained economic growth registering …

Posts|Data Corner

The "Missing Women" in African Labor Markets

This brief piece assesses labor market participation of women in Africa. It focuses on estimating the number of women who would be …

Closing the Gender Gap in African Labor Markets is Good Economics

While progress had been made in gender equality in global labor markets thanks to economic and social advancement, gender inclusivness …


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