Dessie Ambaw

Dr Dessie Ambaw

Postdoctoral Researcher

Institute of International Trade

Faculty of the Professions

Dr Dessie Ambaw is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for International Trade (IIT). Prior to this position, he was a data analyst consultant at the World Bank (International Finance Corporation) and a teaching associate at the School of Economics, the University of Adelaide. In addition, Dr Dessie has previously worked as an economist at Statistics Denmark and as a lecturer at Bahir Dar University. His research interest focuses on exploring the key drivers and barriers of foreign direct investment, trade, firm productivity, technology diffusion, trade policy, and the economic causes of civil conflict. His research papers are published in peer reviewed economic journals such as Applied Economic Letters and Oxford Economic Papers.

  • Development Economics
  • International trade
  • Political Economy
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 Post-Doctoral Fellow University of Adelaide
    2016 - 2019 Teaching Associate University of Adelaide
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2015 - 2019 University of Adelaide Australia PhD in Economics
    2011 - 2013 University of Copenhagen Denmark MSc in economics (Finance)
    2009 - 2011 Addis Ababa University Ethiopia MSc in economics (Economic policy)
    2004 - 2007 Bahir Dar University Ethiopia BA in economics
  • Research Interests

2015-2019: Adelaide Scholarship International (ASI)

2011-2013: Danish Government Scholarship


Teaching associate for:

2019: Intermediate Econometrics III;  Quantitative Methods

2018: Intermediate Econometrics II; Economic Principles 

2017: Intermediate Econometrics II; Economic Principles 

2016: Intermediate Econometrics IID; Economic Principles 


  • Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Phone: 83131138
  • Email:
  • Fax: 8223 1460
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10 Tower, floor 5
  • Room: 5 45
  • Org Unit: Institute for International Trade

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