Senior Research Fellow


Tewodaj Mogues joined IFPRI in 2005, and is a Senior Research Fellow in IFPRI’s Development Strategy and Governance Division. She leads the research cluster on Public Investments and Institutions under the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets. Her research interests include public investments in rural areas, local public finance and decentralisation, political economy, public service delivery, and social capital. Much of her empirical research has been on Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Uganda. Dr. Mogues received her Bachelors degree in Economics from Kalamazoo College (1995), and her Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2005). She is born in Ethiopia and is a German citizen. 

Dr. Mogues has published numerous journal articles and book chapters, serves as co-editor of the 'European Journal of Development Research', and is editor of the book 'Public Expenditures for Agricultural and Rural Development in Africa'.


  • AAEA Outstanding PhD Dissertation: Honourable Mention
  • Preliminary Examination in Development Economics: Pass with Distinction
  • WARF (Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation) Fellow

Current research

  • Public expenditures
  • Local public finance
  • Political economy
  • Social capital
  • Decentralisation
  • Public service delivery
  • Agriculture and rural development