Mulu Gebreeyesus


  • Mulu Gebreeyesus
    Keizer Karelplein 19, 6211 TC Maastricht, The Netherlands
    +31(0)43 388 4425

    Research Interests

    • and firm competitiveness
    • International comparative studies of the relationship between technological capabilities and institutions


    Ph.D., Economics, University of Gothenburg

    Biographical Statement

    An Ethiopian national, Dr. Mulu Gebreeyesus Gebreyohannes joined the UNU Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) on 1 June 2008.  He was previously Research Fellow and Head of Poverty and Sectoral Development Directorate at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute.

    Dr. Gebreeyesus’ research interest is on international comparative studies of the relationship between technological capabilities and institutions, and firm competitiveness. His current work addresses such issues as firm entry-exit, agglomeration, export participation, trade liberalization on firm productivity and growth using a large panel data set from Ethiopian manufacturing. He is also involved on studies of industrial policy and export oriented sectors such as garment, floriculture, and footwear in Ethiopia based on own field survey.

    Some of his recent and ongoing research projects include:

    • Analysis of effect of export participation and import liberalization on performance of the manufacturing sector in Ethiopia
    • Analysis of the determinants of micro-enterprises growth in Ethiopia particularly the impact of innovativeness, human and financial capital
    • The efficacy of export promotion in Ethiopia: floriculture, garment, and leather industries.

    Dr. Gebreeyesus holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and remains a Research Associate at the Department.

  • Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

    • Bigsten, Arne & Mulu Gebreeyesus, 2009, Firm Productivity and Exports: Evidence from Ethiopian Manufacturing, Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 45 Issue 10, November 2009 pp. 1594-1614
    • Gebreeyesus, Mulu, 2008, Firm turnover and productivity differentials in Ethiopian manufacturing, Journal of Productivity Analysis, Special issue on transition economies V. 29, Number 2 / April, 2008, 113-129
    • Bigsten, Arne & Mulu Gebreeyesus, 2007, The Small, the Young, and the Productive: Determinants of Manufacturing Firm Growth in Ethiopia, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Volume 55 No. 4

    Other Publications (Conference Proceedings, etc)

    • Gebreeyesus, Mulu & Michiko Iizuka, 2010, Discovery of the flower industry in Ethiopia: experimentation and coordination, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2010-025
    • ebreeyesus, Mulu, 2009, Inactions and Spikes of Investment in Ethiopian Manufacturing Firms: Empirical Evidence on Irreversibility and Non-convexities, UNU-MERIT Working Paper
    • Gebreeyesus, Mulu, 2009, Innovation and Microenterprises Growth in Ethiopia, This paper was presented at the UNU-WIDER and UNU-MERIT Research Workshop on Entrepreneurship, Technological Innovation, and Development, held in Maastricht, the Netherlands, 30–31 October 2008. This paper is also published as UNU-WIDER Working Paper 20, UNU-MERIT Working Paper
    • Gebreeyesus, Mulu & Michiko Iizuka, 2009, Discovery of successful non-traditional exports in Ethiopia and Chile: experimentation and coordination, presented at an international workshop “Pathways to Industrialization in the 21st Century” organized by UNIDO, UNU-MERIT, and UNU-WIDER in October 22-23, 2009, Maastricht
    • Gebreeyesus, Mulu & Tetsushi Sonobe, 2009, Governance of global value chain and firms’ capability in African floriculture, “Economic Development in Africa’ 2009 conference, Centre for the study of African economies (CSAE), Oxford, UK. March 22-24, 2009
    • Gebreeyesus, Mulu, 2008, Industrial policy and development of Floriculture and Leather sectors in Ethiopia, Workshop of Initiative for Policy Dialog (IDP) Africa Task Force, July 10-11, 2008, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia