Berhanu Abegaz
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Ethiopian Woman

The College of William and Mary
Department of Economics
P. O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

Phone: (757) 221- 2379
Fax: (757) 221-1175 


Professor of Economics and Chair:

B.A., Princeton University
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania


Berhanu Abegaz received his A.B. from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. His teaching interests encompass regional economic integration, comparative economics, and development economics. His research interests and publications are wide-ranging and include structural convergence in manufacturing industries of leaders and latecomers, the role of diversified business groups in emerging economies, Party- and Military-owned business empires, African industrialization, the aid-institutions paradox, the link between rent-seeking and weak fiscal bases, and poverty traps in Ethiopia's agrarian system.

Aside from a number of journal articles, he has published one book, edited two books, and just completed a book-length manuscript on African industrialization. He directed the Africana Studies Program, and also served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Vietnam. He is currently the Chair of the Economics Department.

Courses Taught Regularly

  • Econ 304   Intermediate Macroeconomics 
  • Econ 382   Comparative Economics
  • Econ 383   Development Economics
  • Econ 346   Economics of Inequality
  • Econ 400   Late Industrialization
  • Econ 400   Economic Globalization
  • Econ 474   Regional Economic Integration
  • Econ 484   Economics of Growth
  • Pubp 651   Economic Development Policy

  •  Research Program

    • Industrialization of Africa as a very-latecomer
    • Afro-Asiatic models of state formation
    • Structural convergence in manufacturing industries
    • Agrarian reform in Ethiopia
    • Extractive contests in non-feudal agrarian systems
    • Diversified business groups in emerging economies
    • Industrial development in Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Aid effectiveness: growth, inequality, inclusion
    • Economic reform in post-socialist economies
    • Political parties and militaries in business
    • Openness and multifactor productivity in manufacturing