Dr. Amsalu Woldie Yalew


Amsalu Woldie Yalew is an economist with research focus on the nexus between environment and economic development. At PIK, he works on assessing economic risks imposed by climate change on different sectors, especially, on agriculture, water, energy, and human health in tropical countries. Dr. Yalew serves as referee for several journals including Technological Forecasting & Social Change; Environment, Development and Sustainability; Climate & Development; and Climatic Change


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Amsalu W. Yalew holds PhD in Economics (TU Dresden, 2017, Germany), MSc in Economics (TERI University, 2011, India), and BA in Economics (Haramaya University, 2008, Ethiopia). He has been in academia for about a decade. His professional experience spans between teaching and research. His research interest is environment and development economics with geographic focus on developing countries.

  • Multi-sectoral impacts of climate change with focus on agriculture, water, energy, health
  • Multi-regional (sub-national) impacts of climate change with focus on Africa

  • Yalew, A.W., Hirte, G., Lotze-Campen, H., and Tscharaktschiew, S. (2019). The Synergies and Trade-Offs of Planned Adaptation in Agriculture: a General Equilibrium Analysis for Ethiopia. Economics of Disasters and Climate Change. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41885-019-00041-3 
  • Dietrich, J. P., Bodirsky, B. L., Humpenöder, F., Weindl, I., Stevanović, M., Karstens, K., Kreidenweis, U., Wang, X., Mishra, A., Klein, D., Ambrósio, G., Araujo, E., Yalew, A. W., Baumstark, L., Wirth, S., Giannousakis, A., Beier, F., Chen, D. M.-C., Lotze-Campen, H., and Popp, A. (2019). MAgPIE 4 – a modular open-source framework for modeling global land systems. Geoscientific Model Development, 12:1299-1317. 
  • Yalew, A.W., Hirte, G., Lotze-Campen, H., and Tscharaktschiew, S. (2018). Climate Change, Agriculture, and Economic Development in Ethiopia. Sustainability, 10:3464. 
  • Kriegler, E., Bertram, C., Kuramochi, T., , Jakob, M.,  Pehl, M., Miodrag, S., Niklas Höhne, N., Luderer, G., Minx, J.C., Fekete, H., Hilaire, J., Luna, L., Popp, A.,  Steckel, J.C., Sterl, S., Yalew, A.W., Dietrich, J.P., and Ottmar Edenhofer, O. (2018). Short term policies to keep the door pen for Paris climate goals. Environment Research Letters, 13:1074022.
  • Yalew, A.W. (2015). The Perplex of Deforestation in sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Tropical Forestry and Environment, 5, 01:19-30. 
  • Kumar, S., and Yalew, A.W. (2012). Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Secondary Activities: A Literature Review. Low Carbon Economy, 3(2):39-48. 

  1. Climate risk analysis for identifying and weighting quantifying adaptation to mobilize adaptation investments in Africa (Agrica)
  2. Potenzial von Agrarversicherungen und Risiko von Klimawandel auf den Agrarsektor in Ghana (GIZ_Ghana)
  3. Pathways and Entry Points to limit global warming to 1.5°C (PEP1p5)

1. Undergraduate level 

  • Environmental & Natural Resources Economics, 2011/2012, Autumn, Debre Berhan University, Ethiopia.
  • Microeconomics, 2012/13, Spring, Debre Berhan University, Ethiopia.
  • Macroeconomics, 2013/14, Autumn/Spring, Debre Berhan University, Ethiopia.
  • Labor Economics, 2011/2012, Spring, Debre Berhan University, Ethiopia.
  • Introduction to Econometrics, Autumn, 2013/14, Debre Berhan University, Ethiopia.
  • History of Economic Thoughts, 2012/13, Autumn/Spring, Debre Berhan University, Ethiopia.