Ashenafi joined the Global Economic Dynamics (GED) team at Bertelsmann-Stiftung as an intern in October 2019 and will be working in collaboration with other team members and also individually to contribute to the GED project.

Ashenafi will serve a key role in our analysis of the role of the African free trade agreement and Ethiopian economic performance and its implication for the continent and world. He will also contribute to our ongoing work on the future of work by analyzing job polarisation (hollowing out of the middle-skill- middle-wage occupation) from the recent work of David Autor: “Work of the past, Work of the future”.

Ashenafi has a BA degree in Economics from Haramaya University, Ethiopia and a Master’s degree in political economics from the University of Rome, “La Sapienza,” Italy and PhD from Bielefeld University Graduate School of Economics and Management (BiGSEM) . His Ph.D. thesis, focused on assessing and analyzing the impact of globalization and technological change on the labor market outcomes (employment and wages).