Abebe Shimeles is currently Manager of Development Research Division, African Development Bank. Previously Mr Shimeles has worked for The World Bank, UNECA, ACTIONAID, and Addis Ababa University in different capacities. His recent research interest includes labor market integration, migration issues in Africa and impact evaluation of policy interventions. He holds a PhD in economics from University of Goteborg, MSC from Delhi School of Economics and undergraduate degree in economics from Addis Ababa University.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in November 2011.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 9922
Andinet Woldemichael, Daniel Zerfu Gurara, Abebe Shimeles

In the absence of third party and prepayment systems such as health insurance and tax-based healthcare financing, households in many low-income countries are exposed to the financial risks of paying large medical bills from out-of-pocket. In recent years, community based health insurance schemes have become popular alternatives to fill such...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8998
Abebe Shimeles, Daniel Zerfu Gurara, Dawit Birhanu Tessema

We examine the fertilizer retail-import price gap in 14 African countries between 2002 and 2013. This price differential is large and remains persistent even after accounting for changes in the cost of domestic transportation. We hypothesize that these persistent deviations may be indicative of market power by importers/suppliers granted to...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8751
part of this paper forthcoming in: The Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics

Growth has been high and widespread in the last decade in Africa. Whether this shift in Africa's fortune has impacted poverty has been a subject of controversy. This paper brings into focus recent evidence on the pace of poverty reduction in Africa and addresses whether or not previously held belief...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7352
forthcoming in : Journal of Development Studies, January 2015

This paper presents evidence on the making of the middle class in Africa by exploiting a comparable micro data from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) for thirty-seven countries over two decades consisting of over seven hundred thousand household histories. We constructed a pseudo-panel to examine the dynamics of middle...