Dagim Belay

Dagim Belay

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, Agricultural Economics, Environmental and Resource Economics, Health Economics, Development Economics. 

Secondary fields of interest: Economics of Innovation and Intellectual Property Rights. 


Current research

My current research focuses on evaluating the implications of economic incentives and regulations of market failure (externality and asymmetric information) in agro-environment (e.g., antimicrobial resistance and climate change) and agricultural commodity markets. I also work on designing incentives for addressing issues of market failure in commons (e.g., antimicrobial resistance and climate change). I am affiliated with CeBIL, where my role primarily focuses on evaluating impacts of economic incentives and policies for intellectual property rights in biomedical innovation.

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.



Development Economics, Agricultural and Food Policy, Microeconomic and Econometric Production Analysis, Economics of Intellectual Property Rights 

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