The Catholic University of America
Business and Economics Faculty

Dr. Bizuayehu Bedane


Dr. Bizuayehu Bedane is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at the Busch School of Business and Economics, The Catholic University of America. He is teaching Intermediate Macroeconomics and Public Finance. Previously, he taught Introduction to Microeconomics and Introduction to Macroeconomics at Southern Illinois University. He also taught several economics courses as a lecturer at the Department of Economics, Jimma University, Ethiopia.  During his tenure, at Jimma University, he also served a one-year term as Head of Students’ Affair and Registrar for the College of Business and Economics.

Dr Bedane received his PhD from Southern Illinois University in Economics and his Masters of Arts from Vanderbilt University in Economics. Dr. Bedane also completed his Masters of Science and BA degree, both in economics, from Addis Ababa University. He specialized in Development Economics, International Trade and Finance, and Monetary Economics. His research interest is in the field of applied microeconomics, development economics, and Monetary Economics. His current research focuses on credit markets, remittance, poverty, inequality, household’s welfare, and debt.

One of his current research examined the dynamics and persistence in the rural credit markets using a panel data. He argued that understanding the dynamics and persistence in borrowing and lending is crucial to identify whether borrowing and lending spells are determined by household income dynamics, common and idiosyncratic shocks, spell length, past history of lending and borrowing, or village level networks.  

Dr. Bedane presented his works at the Missouri Valley Economic Association 52nd annual meeting and at the 7th International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy organized by Ethiopian Economics Association.


List of Publications/Presentations:


Firm-level determinants of credit rationing: evidence from Ethiopia (under revise and resubmit).

Remittances and household welfare: longitudinal evidence from urban Ethiopia. Proceedings of the 7th international conference on the Ethiopian Economy, EEA, edited by Getenet Alemu, Vol. I, pp. 151-192, 2010.Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Can debt relief lead to development in Africa?, Munich Personal RePEc Archive, MPRA Paper No. 9955, 15. February 2008 (with Fikru, Mahelet G).

Dynamics and persistence in rural credit markets: Panel evidence from Ethiopia. Presented at the Missouri Valley Economic Association 52nd annual meeting, October 2015.


In His Words ...

“As an instructor, my goal is nurturing my students’ critical thinking skills so that they can apply their economics knowledge in their professional and daily life."Bizuayehu Bedane




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Econ 241: Intermediate Macroeconomics
Econ 243: Intermediate Macroeconomics II
IEDP 553: Public Finance

Areas of Specialization:

Applied Microeconomics, Development Economics, International Economics, and Monetary economics