Quality and Contracting in Agricultural Supply Chains

This is a joint work between Michigan University, Stanford University and EconInsight. In this project we study the transmission of price incentives for quality upgrading along agricultural value chains through an RCT in the Ethiopian honey sector. When output quality is imperfectly observable and verification is costly, asymmetric information may prevent a quality price premium from being passed upstream to farmers. We create variation in the cost of quality verification by randomizing access to laboratory testing services at different points along the value chain, and cross-randomize a contract farming intervention intended to shorten the chain by linking smallholder beekeepers directly to processors. The results will shed light on how improvements to public quality infrastructure (QI) systems may promote agricultural transformation and access to international markets, and how this interacts with the structure of agricultural value chains.








Mainly working on consultancy and research management in diverse development areas with a strong focus on the collection and analysis of innovative microeconomic datasets.





What we do


We are principally engaged in four key thematic areas


Providing a wide array of services to our clients including impact evaluation designs, primary data collection, data analysis, drafting of research reports and research event organizations.


We are always committed to surpass the demand and expectations of our clients.






Projects and partners

 Our clients are top-notch research hubs and global institutes


 Some of Active and Completed Projects


Management Traits as Embodied Human Capital

Management Traits as Embodied Human Capital

Management Traits as Embodied Human Capital

A Randomised Field Experiment in Ethiopia: This project constitutes an incentivised matching experiment between firms and aspiring entrepreneurs /managers. The experiment, that is being implemented in Addis Ababa, serves three related purposes. First, it is a novel experimental design that provides for direct elicitation of both managerial skills and firms’ preferences over those skills. The experiment therefore offers a direct measure and decomposition of heterogeneity in management styles and preferences. Second, the study of the mechanism provides evidence regarding the matching of managerial skills to firms. Understanding how firms are matched with managers of different management styles.
ELTAP-ELAP Evaluation Data Collection (Landesa )

ELTAP-ELAP Evaluation Data Collection (Landesa )

ELTAP-ELAP Evaluation Data Collection (Landesa )

The scope of data collection services for this evaluation includes quantitative and qualitative data collection from various areas in Ethiopia. The first phase of the commissioned work involves a community assessment and desk review on all relevant policies and statutes related to COVID-19 safety requirements as well as developing health and safety protocols for EconInsight to align with COVID-19 safety measures per the Center for Disease Control, local laws and other applicable medical guidance.The project expects to conduct approximately 240 surveys from kebele authorities and 7,200 surveys in 3,602 households in 240 kebeles in the four Highland regions of Ethiopia: Tigray, Amhara, Oromia and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region (SNNP). Following the preliminary descriptive analysis of the survey data, qualitative research is also planned to be conducted..
Female Employment and political empowerment during the Ethiopian reform process (CMI)

Female Employment and political empowerment during the Ethiopian reform process (CMI)

Female Employment and political empowerment during the Ethiopian reform process (CMI)

The project aims to deliver research that can be published in the highest ranked academic journals and provide policy makers with solid evidence about the impacts of getting industrial jobs. EconInsight implements a large-scale survey to feed into the study with highest quality and compatible with international best-practice. This is a joint project with Chris Michelson Institute..
Emerging Impact of Covid_19 (IGC Funded)

Emerging Impact of Covid_19 (IGC Funded)

Emerging Impact of Covid_19 (IGC Funded)

This is an IGC funded project carried out by EconInsight. This project will survey households and firms to examine whether and how the expected persistence of the COVID-19 social and economic fallouts changes individuals’ aspirations and long-term planning. Further, we will investigate how individuals are responding to the reduction of choice along several important dimensions and how changing risk profiles may affect employment, alter the decision to migrate, attend school, change jobs among others..
Better work in Ethiopia ( ILO)

Better work in Ethiopia ( ILO)

Better work in Ethiopia ( ILO)

ILO has contracted EconInsight to oversee and implement the quantitative component of data collection related to the impact assessment of the ‘One ILO project’ in Ethiopia. EconInsight will work in close collaboration with the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in the UK to coordinate in the impact assessment design, to implement data collection and carry out analysis. This assignment involves a two round in person and 8 round high frequency phone-based data collection using CATI to measure the labor market dynamics and economic impacts of COVID -19 pandemic. It also aims to measure the impact of the better work program of the ILO and IFC..
PEDL Major Research Grant : A CEPR / DFID Research Initiative ( 2020 -2023)

PEDL Major Research Grant : A CEPR / DFID Research Initiative ( 2020 -2023)

PEDL Major Research Grant : A CEPR / DFID Research Initiative ( 2020 -2023)

This is a three-year research grant award from DFID, recently named as the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) of the UK Government, to conduct research to explore as why African firms underinvest in management training. The study aims to generate experimental evidence from mid-sized and large Ethiopian firms operating in urban areas. Several interventions would be tested to explore the key constraints that prevents firms from investing in their managerial capital. The study is a joint project with the university of Stanford as well as with an academic from University of Warrick in the UK..




EconInsight has a large administrative and research staff with extensive experience in running and managing field work including surveys, field experiments and lab-in-the-field experiments and lab-in-the-field experiments.




Five PhD Level
Research Assistants
Seven Master’s degree holders
Office Manager
Master’s degree holder
Field Coordinators
Five Master’s degree holder
Admin and Support staffs
Five Support staffs
Two Conversants in SurveyCTO, ODK, CSPro, SPSS and STATA.

Our researchers have also published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and retain strong links with academic institutions both within Ethiopia and abroad.  EconInsight also has a strong team of administrative and support staff who had many years of project management experience in public research institutes and private consultancy firms. We also rely on a strong pool of enumerators, field supervisors and research assistances with more than a decade of field work experience in both urban and rural areas throughout the country.






EconInsight Center for Development Research

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