Getachew Nigatu



Getachew Nigatu is an Economist with the Agricultural Policy and Modeling Branch, Market and Trade Economics Division. He Joined ERS in 2013. His current activities include supporting the international baseline projections and examining policy factors affecting near- and long-term prospects for domestic and global markets.


During his career, he has worked on a variety of research topics including the impacts of energy prices on global commodity supply, demand and trade; the new outlook for the U.S.-Mexico sugar and sweetener market; changing economic and agricultural trade pattern in Africa and the Middle East; global biofuel policy and U.S. export opportunities; the impact of global macroeconomic factors on U.S. agricultural exports; factor affecting the recent commodity prices decline and commodity price determination.


Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from the University of California- Riverside, M.A. in Development Economics from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and B.S. degree from Haramaya University, Ethiopia.

Professional Affiliations

Getachew is a member of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

Selected Publications

Nigatu, G., and A. Dinar. 2016. Economic and Hydrological Impacts of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Eastern Nile River Basin. Journal Environment and Development Economics 21(4):532-555.

Nigatu, G. 2015. Assessing the effects of climate change policy on the volatility of carbon price in reference to the great recession. Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy 4(3):1-16.

Nigatu, G. 2015. The level of pollution and the economic growth factor: a nonparametric approach to environmental Kuznets curve. Journal of Quantitative Economics 13(1): 147-159.

Zawahri, N., Dinar, A., and G. Nigatu. 2014. Governing international freshwater resources: an analysis of treaty design.  Journal of International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economic 14(3): 1-25.

Dinar, A., and G. Nigatu. 2013. Distributional considerations of international water resources under externality: The case of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt on the Blue Nile. Water Resources and Economics 2(3): 1-16.