Dessie Ambaw

Dr Dessie Ambaw

Postdoctoral Researcher

School of Economics and Public Policy

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.

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

    Year Citation
    2021 Yan, W., Cai, Y., Lin, F., & Ambaw, D. T. (2021). The Impacts of Trade Restrictions on World Agricultural Price Volatility during the COVID-19 Pandemic. China and World Economy, 29(6), 139-158.
    2019 Ambaw, D. T., & Sim, N. (2019). Real Exchange Rate Misalignment and Civil Conflict: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa. Oxford Economic Papers, 73(1), 1-22.
    2018 Ambaw, D. T., & Sim, N. (2018). Is inflation targeting or the fixed exchange rate more effective for attracting FDI into developing countries?. Applied Economics Letters, 25(7), 499-503.
    DOI Scopus3
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2020 Ambaw, D., Draper, P., & Gao, H. (2020). Lessons from the pandemic for future WTO subsidy rules. In S. Evenett, & R. Baldwin (Eds.), Revitalising Multilateralism: Pragmatic Ideas for the New WTO Director-General. 33 Great Sutton Street London, EC1V 0DX UK: Centre for Economic Policy Research.
  • Report for External Bodies

    Year Citation
    2020 Draper, P., Ambaw, D., Ebrahim, Z., Hing, V., & Humphrey, A. (2020). BUILDING TRADE INTEGRATION DYNAMICS IN THE INDIAN OCEAN RIM ASSOCIATION: A TECHNICAL ANALYSIS. Adelaide: Institute for International Trade.
  • Working Paper

    Year Citation
    2020 Ambaw, D. T., Edjigu, H., & Sim, N. (2020). Landlockedness, Trade Cost and Trade: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Ethiopia.
    2020 The Commonwealth's Trade Landscape in a Post-COVID World (2020). . Commonwealth Secretariat.
    2019 Ambaw, D. T., Edjigu, H., & Sim, N. (2019). Agricultural Commodity Exchange and Trade in Developing Countries: Evidence from a Quasi-natural Experiment.
    2019 Ambaw, D. T., Doko Tchatoka, F., Edjigu, H., & Sim, N. (2019). Barriers to the Diffusion of Technology Across Countries: Assessing the Impact of Genetic Distance on Firm Productivity.
    2015 Ambaw, D., & Knudsen, D. (2015). Formulating a fiscal reaction function for ADAM. Denmark Statistics.
    2014 Ambaw, D. T. (2014). Collecting inspiration to develop a fiscal reaction rule for ADAM. Denmark Statistics.
  • Internet Publications

    Year Citation
    2020 Draper, P., Ambaw, D., Freytag, A., McDonagh, N., Wang, W., & Wilson, K. (2020). Industrial Subsidies, Market Competition, Global Trade and Investment: Towards a Research Agenda. Institute for International Trade.

2015-2019: Adelaide Scholarship International (ASI)

2011-2013: Danish Government Scholarship



Course Coordinator:

2020: Trade Statistics (Trade 7012)

Teaching associate for:

2020: Research Methods in International Trade

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, floor 5
  • Room: 5 45
  • Org Unit: Institute for International Trade

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