In my previous work, I used applied econometrics (largely panel data methods and randomised field experiments) to measure the impact of shocks on household welfare, poverty dynamics and to investigate the determinants of technology adoption in Africa and South Asia.

In collaboration with a number of colleagues and graduate students, I’m continuing my research on technology adoption, the impact of uninsured risk on household outcomes, decision-making, as well as, the dynamics of well-being, and household energy choice.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Alem, Y., & Broussard, H. N. (2016). The impact of safety nets on technology adoption: A difference- in-differences analysis, forthcoming, Agricultural Econoics  (

Alem, Y., Damte, A., Köhlin, G., & Mekonen, A. (2016). Modelling Household Cooking Fuel Choice: a Random Effects Multinomial Logit Analysis, Energy Economics, 59: 129-137

Alem, Y., Eggert, H., & Ruhinduka, R. (2015). Improving Welfare through Climate-friendly Agriculture: The Case of the System of Rice Intensification, Environmental and Resource Economics. 62: 243-263. (

Alem, Y., (2015). Poverty persistence and intra-household heterogeneity in occupations: Evidence from urban Ethiopia, Oxford Development Studies, 43(1): 20-43. (

Alem, Y., Hassen, S., & Köhlin, G. (2014). Adoption and Disadoption of Electric Cookstoves in Urban Ethiopia: Evidence from Panel Data, Resource and Energy Economics, 38: 110-124.(

Sterner, T., Alem, Y. et al., (2014). The Environment for Development Initiative: lessons learned in re- search, academic capacity building and policy intervention to manage resources for sustainable growth, Environment and Development Economics, 19(3): 367-391. (

Alem, Y., Köhlin, G., & Stage, J. (2014). The Persistence of subjective Poverty in Urban Ethiopia, World Development, 56: 51-61. (

Alem, Y., and Köhlin, G. (2013). The Impact of Food Price Inflation on Subjective Well-being: Evidence from Urban Ethiopia, Social Indicators Research, 116: 853-868. (

Ekbom, A., Alem, Y., and Sterner, T. (2013). Integrating Soil Science into Agricultural Production Frontiers. Environment and Development Economics, 18(3): 291-308. (

Alem, Y., and Söderbom, M., (2012). Household-level consumption in urban Ethiopia: The effects of a large food price shock. World Development, 40: 146-162. (

Alem, Y., Bezabih, M., Kassie, M., and Zikhali, P. (2010). Does fertilizer use respond to rainfall vari- ability? Panel data evidence from Ethiopia. Agricultural Economics, 41: 165-175. (

Manuscripts Under Review

Alem, Y., & Dugoua, E., (2017). Passive Learning and Incentivized Communication: A Randomized Controlled Trial in India

Alem, Y., Hassen, S., and Köhlin, G. (2017). Decision-making within the Household: The Role of Autonomy and Differences in Preferences

Alem, Y., & Colmer, J. (2017). Consumption Smoothing and the Welfare Cost of Uncertainty

Alem, Y. (2017). Shocks, Remittances and Household Consumption: A Dynamic System GMM Analysis,

Ruhinduka, R., Alem, Y., Eggert, H., & Lybbert, T. (2017). Paddy Post-Harvest: The Role of Prefer- ences in Storage and Processing Decisions of Tanzanian Rice Farmers

Alem, Y., Behrend, H., Belot, M., & Biro, A. (2016). Mind, Behaviour and Health – a Randomised Experiment, Dep. of Econ. Univ. of Gothenburg (Under Review). (

Alem, Y., Eggert, H., Kocher, M., & Ruhinduka, R. (2016). Why (Field) Experiments on Unethical Behavior are Important: Comparing Stated and Revealed Behavior

Alem, Y & Andersson, L. (2015). International Remittances and Private Inter-household Transfers: Exploring the Links

Book Chapters

Alem, Y., Maurell, M., & Millock, K. (2017). “Migration as an Adaptation Strategy to Weather Vari- ability: An Instrumental Variables Probit Analysis” in Berck, P., & Berck, C. (eds), Climate Change and Adaptation, (RFF Press, 2017).

Alem, Y., & Söderbom, M. (2016). “Teff Consumption in Urban Ethiopia: Trends and Correlates” in Minten, B., & Taffesse, A.S (eds), The Economics of Teff, (Pensilvenia University Press, 2015).

 Ongoing Research

Credit, LPG Stove Adoption and Charcoal Consumption: Evidence from a Randomised Controlled Trial in Tanzania (with Peter Berck, University of California Berkeley, and Remidius Ruhinduka, Univ. of Dar es Salaam).

Inconsistent Intertemporal Choice: Experimental Evidence from Kenya (With John Loeser and Aprajit Mahajan, University of California Berkeley)

Shocks and Emotional Well-being (With Travis Lybbert, University of California Davis)