Dr. Lemlem T. Habtemariam

Postdoctoral Researcher

Lemlem Habtemariam is a Postdoctoral researcher in the Inequality, Human Well-Being and Development FutureLab, and in the Adaptation in Agricultural Systems working group. Her work at PIK mainly focuses on assessing the impacts of climate change and adaptation on households’ well-being using household surveys and econometric methods. She also works in the UmRisk project as a coordinator of the thematic area ‘Dealing with climatic risks’ in the dialogue on climate economics, an accompanying activity to the BMBF funding measure Economics of Climate Change II.


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
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Lemlem T. Habtemariam is a postdoctoral researcher in the working group of Adaptation in Agricultural Systems and in the FutureLab Inequality, Human Well-Being and Development. She received her PhD from the Technical University of Munich chair of Agricultural Production and Resource Economics. Her research interest is in agricultural economics.  In her research, she mainly uses household surveys and applies econometrics methods.

  • Economics of climate change
  • Extreme weather and  inequality
  • Economic evaluation of adaptation measures in agriculture
  • Agricultural insurance and climate resilience
  • Agricultural technology adoption decisions and impact analysis

  • Will, M., Backes, A., Campenni, M., Cronk, L., Dressler, G., Gornott, C., Groeneveld, J., Habtemariam, L. T., Kraehnert, K., Kraus, M., Lenel, F., Osgood, D., Taye, M., & Müller, B. 2021. Improving the design of climate insurance: combining empirical approaches and modelling. Climate and Development.
  • Kraehnert, K., Osberghaus, D., Hott, C., Habtemariam, L.T, Wätzold, F., Hecker, L. P. & Fluhrer, S. 2021 Insurance against extreme weather events: An overview. Review of Economics 72(2), 71-95.
  • Habtemariam L.T., Gornott C., Hoffmann H. and Sieber S. (2021). Farm production diversity and household dietary diversity: panel data evidence from rural households in Tanzania. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems 5, 612341
  • Habtemariam, LT., Will, M. and Müller, B. 2020.Agricultural insurance through the lens of rural household dietary diversity. Global Food Security. 28, 100485
  • Habtemariam LT, Gandorfer M and Kassa GA. 2019. Risk experience and smallholder farmers’ climate change adaptation decision. Climate and Development. DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2019.1630351.
  • Habtemariam LT, Mgeni C., Mutabazi K. and Sieber S. 2019.The Farm Income and Food security Implications of Fertilizer Micro-dosing and Tied-ridge Technologies under Semi -arid Environment. Journal of Arid Environments. 166, 60-67
  • Habtemariam LT, Kassa GA and Gandorfer M. 2017. Impact of climate change on farms in smallholder farming systems: yield impacts, economic implications and distributional effects. Agricultural systems. 152,58-66
  • Habtemariam LT, Gandorfer M, Kassa GA and Heissenhuber A. 2016. Factors Influencing Smallholder Farmers’ Climate Change Perceptions: A Study from Farmers in Ethiopia. Environmental Management. 58 (2), 343-358

 Policy reports

  • Kraehnert, K., Hott, C., Osberghaus, D., Hecker, L. P., Wätzold, F., Habtemariam, L. T., & Fluhrer, S. 2021. Versicherung von Klimarisiken: Zwischen privater Vorsorge und staatlicher Intervention. Hintergrundpapier zum 10. Forum Klimaökonomie. Kiel: Kieler Institut für Weltwirtschaft (IfW).