Dagim Belay

Dagim Belay

Tenure Track Assistant Professor

I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen. Previously I was postdoctoral researcher at University of Copenhagen and held visiting fellowships at UC Berkeley and Harvard. I hold a Ph.D. in Economics from University of Copenhagen.


Primary fields of research

I combine economic theory, empirical evidence, and randomized experiments to provide policy insights on world’s most pressing issues in agriculture, climate change, health, development, environment, and other related topics.


Fields of interest

Primary Fields of interest: Applied Microeconomics (Agriculture,  Environment, Natural Resources, and Health),  Development Economics.

Secondary Fields of interest: Economics of Innovation, and Intellectual Property Rights

Current research

My current research focuses on:

  • Asymmetric information in economic decision-making 
  • Technological innovation in agriculture
  • Climate change adaption and mitigation 
  • Agricultural and environmental externalities
  • Impact evaluation of incentives, interventions, regulations and policies  
  • Economics of antimicrobial resistance
  • Intellectual property rights 

Selected Publications

Belay, Dagim & Jensen, Jørgen Dejgård2020. ‘The scarlet letters’: Information disclosure and self-regulation: Evidence from antibiotic use in Denmark. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 104: 102385.

Belay, Dagim, Abate, T. G. & Jensen, Jørgen Dejgård. 2020. A Montero auction mechanism to regulate antimicrobial consumption in agricultureAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics 102(5):1448-1467.

Belay, Dagim & Tiruneh, H. A. 2020. Nudging farmers in crop choice using price information: Evidence from Ethiopian Commodity ExchangeAgricultural Economics 51(5)793– 807.



Impact Evaluation, Agricultural and Food Policy, Development Economics 

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