Tewodros Dessie obtains doctoral degree

Tewodros A. Dessie has successfully defended his thesis on June, 19th 2019 and obtained his Doctorate degree in Economics. In his dissertation entitled “The Role of Market Structure, Trade Reform, and Mobile Phones in Price Transmission: Evidence from the Coffee Supply Chain” Tewodros investigates the mechanisms behind incomplete and asymmetric price transmission across the coffee supply chain. In particular, he analyses the degree of domestic and world market integrations before and after the implementation of the Structural Adjustments Programs (SAPs) in six major coffee producing African countries as well as the impact of the adoption of mobile phones on market integration.


Tewodros obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Gondar, Ethiopia in 2007. After working for three years at the Ethio-Telecom as a Planning Officer, in 2010 he joined a Masters program at the University of Trento, Italy on a scholarship. In 2013, he graduated from the University of Trento with M.Sc. degree in Economics. During his master, he had also spent six months as an exchange student at Regensburg University, Germany. After joining the Chair of Applied Statistics and Econometrics in June 2013, Tewodros visited a Ph.D. program at the Graduate School of Economics, Finance, and Management (GSEFM) of the universities of Frankfurt, Mainz and Darmstadt between September 2014 and October 2015. After six years at the Chair, on June 2019, Tewodros has joined the World Bank Group as a Poverty Economist in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We thank Tewodros for his teaching and research and wish him all the best in his future.