Ama Baafra Abeberese
B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University
Assistant Professor of Economics
Research in development economics, with an emphasis on firm behavior in developing economies.
My area of interest is development economics and my research focuses on analyzing the behavior of firms in developing economies. My current research explores the constraints faced by firms in developing economies and the responses of firms to these constraints. Some of my recent work has been on infrastructure-related constraints where I examine the impact of electricity outages and pricing on firm investment behavior, technology choices and productivity. I have also done research on trade-related constraints where I study the effect of access to imported inputs on the ability of firms to participate in export markets. In a separate strand of research, I assess the impact of a short-term reading program on the reading ability of students in the Philippines using a randomized control trial.
At Wellesley, I teach Development Economics (Econ 220), International Trade Theory (Econ 314) and Principles of Macroeconomics (Econ 102). In the development course, students use economic tools to gain an understanding of the key issues facing developing economies and review policy options. In the trade course, students study the major models of international trade and analyze trade policy. The principles of macroeconomics course introduces students to the core tools and methods for analyzing the aggregate economy.