Dr. Abbi M. Kedir obtained his PhD from the School of Economics, The University of Nottingham, UK (2003) after completing MSc in Economics and Econometrics with Distinction from the same university in 1998. He is currently a lecturer (assistant professor) in the Department of Economics, University of Leicester, UK. Among others, his research interests are in applied econometrics, foreign aid, poverty reduction, public health, international trade, regional integration and foreign direct investment. He published his work in Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of African Economies, African DevelopmentReview and other peer-reviewed international journals. He was a visiting scholar at World Institute of Development Economics Research (WIDER), Helsinki and regularly serves as visiting lecturer for African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Nairobi and Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He has done consultancy work for the World Bank, DFID-UK and the European Union.