About the Department of Economics

The establishment of the Department is believed to contribute greatly to the effort of the government and the community to alleviate the prevailing shortage of qualified economists in the country. As an independent department, it became operational in 2003 by offering courses in regular and evening programmes.

Besides this, the Department has launched a Continuing and Distance Education Programme that covers major regions such as: Oromiya, South Nations and Nationalities People’s Region, Benshangul-Gumuz and Addis Ababa administrative city. The Department also has launched an MSc programme in two areas: MSc in International Economics and MSc in Economic Policy Analysis. Over the next 10 years, the Department intends to increase its MSc programmes to six and will open two PhD programmes.

General Information

 In recent years, the issue of development has become the concern of academicians, donors, policy makers, researchers and governments in all economies. Thus, the issue of development is not limited to developing countries; it has attracted the interest of everybody. This is because development in one part of the world has implications for others. Although the issue of development is principally the concern of the world as a whole, developing countries are the major players.

Experiences reveal that human capital is the major determinant of the development status of countries along with the availability and quality of other economic recourses at their disposal. One of the feasible ways of enhancing this essential factor is through producing highly qualified individuals in different fields of studies, as development is multidisciplinary by its nature. In line with this, economics is one that deserves considerable attention as it is concerned with how to allocate economic resources to alternative uses to enhance human material wants.

In the Ethiopian context, little attention has been given to the field despite the fact that the country is low in its capacity to effectively allocate its available economic recourses among alternative uses. It was with this in mind that the Department of Economics was opened under the then Faculty of Business and Economics of Jimma University to mitigate the manpower shortage in the country.

General Objective

The main objective of the department is to train and produce competent professionals (economists) who are well equipped with sufficient knowledge and professional skill for analyzing economic problems and proposing appropriate solutions.

Specific Objectives

  1. To create professionals who are capable of doing economic researches and contribute towards solving economic problems in the country.
  2. To facilitate, encourage and do research works and disseminate research findings through Outreach programs focusing on the Ethiopian economy.
  3. To promote interdisciplinary collaboration among the various programs and institutions in training, research and extension.
  4. To provide short term training courses for governmental and non- government institutions, business organizations as well as other interested groups.  


  • To become centre of excellence in economics through producing competent graduates who ensures sustainable development of Ethiopian economy.


  • Contribute to optimal allocation, utilization and management of resources for sustainable development through academics, research, training, consultancy services and policy advocacy.

Future plan(strategic direction) 

The department plans to rich the larger community through education, research and community services via its existing undergraduate (regular and distance) and postgraduate regular programs and planned future programs of undergraduate (evening) and postgraduate (evening, weekend and ABH) programs.

Management structure:

The department is chaired by the Department Head. Issues will be brought to the Department Council (DC) and settled after discussion among the members in the DC meeting. All academic staffs are members of the DC.

Service offered by the department

The Department shall provide Teaching, Research and community services in the economics area in the fulfillment of its professional obligations to the community.

External Links
Research partners

EEA (Ethiopian Economics Association) is an external partner which has promised to assist our college community with advanced research tools (Econometrics and software trainings). The association also supports the department by providing high caliber professors who can serve as research advisors as well as lecturers.
In addition, the association uses Jimma University as one CHAPTER to reach out the south western part of the country. It facilitates the conduct of annual research conferences covering this area.

list of thematic areas and descriptions   

1.    Poverty and economic development
2.    Micro financing
3.    Income inequality
4.    Change management
5.    Cross-cutting issues
a.    Gender
b.    Natural resource
c.    HIV

Contact Address   
E-mail: leta.bedada@ju.edu.et
Telephone(Office)= +251471118369
Fax: +251471111450 or +251471112040/Attention -Department of Economics/