Didier Yélognissè ALIA

Research Assistant

Dept of Agricultural Economics

University of Kentucky 

Birthday: 31/05/1983

Beninese, Married (one child).

 

205  Simpsons Ave. Apt 314

Lexington, Kentucky-40504

Tel : +1 859 489 966

@ : aliadidier@yahoo.fr

web: https://sites.google.com/site/aliadidier/

  (Version September 2014)

 FIELDS OF INTEREST

My research interests range from micro-econometrics applied to agricultural issues to macro-econometrics of international development. I'm particularly interested in the welfare assessment of agricultural research, agricultural technologies and policies, agricultural markets and institutions and development economics.

 ACADEMICS

  • PhD Student (3rd year) in Agricultural Economics, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky, 2012-2016 (On going
  • Engineer Statistician Economist (MSc), Institut Sous-régional de Statistiques et d’Economie Appliquée, Yaoundé Cameroon, 2006-2009
  • Bachelor of Science (Maîtrise) in Mathematics, Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Benin, 2005-2006
  • Associate degree (License) in Mathematics, Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Benin, 2004-2005
  • DUES degree in Mathematics-Physics, Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Benin, 2002-2004

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Young International Professional Research Assistant in Food Security Program, The European Centre of Development Policy Management, Maastricht, The Netherlands, Since June 2014
  • Research Assistant, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, August 2012-June 2014
  • Research Assistant, Program 3: ‘Policy, Innovation systems and Impact Assessment’, Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice), Cotonou, Benin, Jan 2010-July 2012
    Data management and data analysis, ex-ante impact assessment of various projects proposal, priority setting exercise for rice research in Africa, analysis of new technologies adoption constraints, ex-post impact assessment of projects and technologies adoption, capacity building national partners, etc
  • Consultancy for Institute of Empirical Research in Political Economics and WorldBank in the project Data collection for the impact assessment of “Plan Foncier Rural” program, Cotonou, Benin December, 2010- April 2011
    Conception of Survey instruments, survey field supervision, Data collection and entry management
  • Consultancy for Direction of Statistics and Economics Studies, National Institute of Statistics and Economics Analysis of Benin, Oct 2009-Jan 2010
    Analysis of international trade in Benin in 2008 and 2007 (import and export), provide a picture of trends and structure of import and export, determine the major partners, writing a report

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Introduction to Stata for data management and statistical analysis, September 13, Fall 2013, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  • Introduction to Stata for data management and econometrics of program evaluation, workshop organized by AfricaRice for scientists at National Agricultural Research and Extensions Services of 13 African anglophone countries,  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 2010
  • Introduction to Stata for data management and econometrics of program evaluation, workshop organized by AfricaRice for scientists at National Agricultural Research and Extensions Services of 13 African francophone countries, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, August 2010

OTHER EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

    
Courses with certificate

1. “Trade and Poverty”, Sep-Oct 12, UNCTAD Virtual Institute online course

2. “Climate Change Science and Modeling of Biophysical Impact”, Oct-Nov 11, UNU-WIDER/AERC Online Course

Massive open online course with certificate

1. Think Again: How to Reason and Argue”, Nov 26th 2012 (12 weeks long), Duke University

2. Game Theory”, Jan 7th 2013 (7 weeks long), Stanford University and The University of British Columbia

3. Introduction to Philosophy”, Jan 28th 2013 (7 weeks long), The University of Edinburgh

4. Critical Thinking in Global Challenges”, Jan 28th 2013 (5 weeks long), University of Edinburgh

5. Microeconomics Principles”, Jan 28th 2013 (8 weeks long), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

6. Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies: The 1st Step in Entrepreneurship”, Jan 28th (6 weeks long), University of Maryland, College Park

7. Model Thinking”, Mar 4th 2013 (10 weeks long), University of Michigan

8. Leading Strategic Innovation in Organizations”, Mar 5th 2013 (8 weeks long), Vanderbilt University

9. Property and Liability: An Introduction to Law and Economics”, Mar 18th 2013 (6 weeks long), Wesleyan University

10. Principles of Macroeconomics”, Mar 31st 2013 (8 weeks long), University of Melbourne

11. Statistics: Making Sense of Data”, Apr 1st 2013 (8 weeks long), University of Toronto

12. Principles of Microeconomics”, Apr 8th 2013 (9 weeks long), University of Pennsylvania

13. Citizenship and U.S. Immigration”, Apr 29th 2013 (5 weeks long), Emory University

14. Leading Strategic Innovation in Organizations”, Mar 5th 2013 (8 weeks long), Vanderbilt University

15. 14.73x The Challenges of Global Poverty”, May 21st 2013 (14 weeks long), Massachusetts Institute of Technology on EDx – MITx

Other professional experiences

1. Survey
Field Supervisor in a survey on "the determinants of the schooling performance in Yaoundé" conducted by ISSEA, May – June 09, Yaoundé

2. Internship at United Nations Development Program - Burkina Faso, summer 2008:

Analysis of the determinant of private transfers in Burkina Faso and assessment of their impact on household welfare; Support to the economic unit on various ongoing works


3. Internship at Direction of Social Statistics, National Institute of Statistics and Economics Analysis of Benin, summer 2007


Collection and analysis of consumer price index data, Support to the direction unit on various ongoing works

4. Survey Field controller in a survey on "the dynamics of socio-professional insertion of the young in Yaoundé" conducted by ISSEA, May - June 07, Yaoundé


5. Field enumerator in the survey on "the dynamics of socio-professional insertion of the young in Yaoundé" conducted by ISSEA, March 07, Yaoundé

WORKS AND PAPERS

    
Peer Reviewed Papers

1. "Price transmission analysis using threshold models: an application to local rice markets in Benin and Mali" (with Rose Fiamohe, Papa A. Seck and Aliou Diagne), Food security, V 5- 3, pp 427-438.

Completed Working Papers

1. “Rural media, agricultural technology adoption and productivity: evidences from small rice farmers in Burkina Faso” (With Tébila Nakelsé and Aliou Diagne), Accepted for presentation at the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) seminar, Ghent, Belgium, September 2013 ; at the 4th International Conference of the African Association of Agricultural Economists, Hammamet, Tunisia, September 22-25 2013 and at the 3rd Africa Rice Congress, Yaoundé, Cameroon, October, 2013

2. "Estimating the causal effect of trade liberalization on economic growth using treatment effect framework" (With Michael Reed and Sayed Saighahan), in submission

3. "Distributional impact of agricultural technology adoption on rice farmers’ expenditure: Case of Nerica varieties in Benin" (With Aliou Diagne), in submission

4. “Transmission of rice prices from Thailand into West African markets: The case of Benin, Mali and Senegal” (With Rose Fiamohe, Papa A. Seck, Ibrahim Bamba and Aliou Diagne) , Accepted for presentation at the AfricaRice Congress, Yaoundé, Cameroon, October, 2013

5. “Foreign Aid effectiveness in African economies: evidence from threshold panel" (With Romuald Anago), Unpublished Working paper, Presented at AERC/UNU-WIDER Workshop on "Macroeconomics of Aid", Nairobi, Kenya, December , 2011

6. “The impact of adoption of NERICA rice varieties in West Africa” (With Aliou Diagne, Paul Dontsop, Florent Kinkingninhoun-Medagbe, Patrice, Adegbola, Mamadou Coulibaly, Sekou Diawara, Lamine Dibba, Nazir Mahamood, Mary Mendy, Viviane Ojehomon,  and Alex Wiredu), Unpublished Working paper

7. “Evaluation of the effects of economic policies on informal sector performance and poverty in Cameroon: a Computable General Equilibrium model analysis” (With Willy Ndjana, Erith Nghoghe, and Robert Ngonthe), Unpublished Working paper

8. “Commerce, Finance and economic growth in Cameroon” (With Tchassem, Narcisse), Unpublished Working paper

9. “Analysis of household private transfers in Burkina Faso” (With Nicolas Ponty and Ignace Kamga) MSc Thesis, ISSEA in French

Book Chapters

1. "Farmer Perceptions of the Biophysical Constraints to Rice Production in Sub-Saharan Africa, and Potential Impact of Research" (with Aliou Diagne, Eyram Amovin-Assagba, Marco C.S. Wopereis and Kazuki Saito), in "Realizing Africa's Rice Promise", CABI Publishing, October 2013 / Hardback / 480 Pages / 9781845938123

2. "Impact of Rice Research on Income, Poverty and Food Security in Africa: An Ex-ante Analysis (with Aliou Diagne, Marco C.S. Wopereis, Kazuki Saito and Papa Abdoulaye Seck) in "Realizing Africa's Rice Promise", CABI Publishing, October 2013 / Hardback / 480 Pages / 9781845938123

CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATION

1. Africa Rice Congress, paper presented: “Rural media, agricultural technology adoption and productivity: evidences from small rice farmers in Burkina Faso”, Yaounde, Cameroon, October, 2013 (presenting Author Tebila Nakelse)

2. Africa Rice Congress, paper presented: “Transmission of rice prices from Thailand into West African markets: The case of Benin, Mali and Senegal”, Yaounde, Cameroon, October, 2013 (presenting Author Edwidge Fiamohe)

3. Kentucky Economics Association, paper presented: “Estimating the causal effect of trade liberalization on economic growth using treatment effect framework”, Frankfort, KY, October, 2013

4. African Association of Agricultural Economists, paper presented: “Rural media, agricultural technology adoption and productivity: evidences from small rice farmers in Burkina Faso”, Hammamet, Tunisia, September, 2013  (presenting Author Tebila Nakelse)

5. World Statistics Congress, paper presented: “Distributional impact of agricultural technology adoption on rice farmers’ expenditure: Case of Nerica varieties in Benin” Hong Kong, China, August, 2013

6. Kentucky Economics Association, paper presented: “Distributional impact of Nerica adoption on farmer expenditure in Benin: Quantile Treatment Effect estimation”, Georgetown College Conference Center, Georgetown, KY, October, 2012

7. International Conference of Agricultural Economists paper presented “Impact of Rice research on Income and Poverty in Africa: An Ex-ante Analysis”, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, 2012 (presenting Author Aliou Diagne)

8. African Economic Research Consortium/ UNU-WIDER workshop on macroeconomics of foreign aid, paper presented: Nairobi, Kenya, December  2011

9. AfricaRice workshop on “Strengthening the availability and access to rice statistics for Sub-Saharan Africa: Review and follow up activities”, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 2010

10. AfricaRice workshop “on Renforcement de la disponibilité et de l'accès aux statistiques rizicoles pour l'Afrique subsaharienne : bilan et suivi des activités”, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, August 2010

FELLOWSHIPS, SCOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

1. Travel Grant  by Statistics South-Africa and the International Statistics Insititute to attend the 3rd World Statistics Congress, Hong Kong, China, August, 2013 

2. Graduate Student Assistantship for PhD degree in Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky, 2012-2013                 

3. Best student award for the 3 years of Engineering studies in Statistics and Economics, 2009

4. Scholarship of the French government for graduate studies in Statistics and Economics at the Sub-regional Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics (ISSEA) of Yaoundé, 2006-2009

5. Scholarship of the VALLET foundation of Paris and International Chair of Physics and Mathematics Applications of Cotonou for Undergraduate and Graduate studies in Mathematics at the Faculty of Science of University of Abomey-Calavi, 2003-2006

6. Excellence Scholarship of the Government of Benin for Undergraduate and Graduate studies in Mathematics at the Faculty of Science of University of Abomey-Calavi, 2002-2006

7. Awarded a silver medal at the 12th Pan-African Mathematics Olympiad (PAMO) in Pretoria (South Africa), April 2002

COMPUTER SKILLS

  •  Operating System : Windows ; Linux
  • Office : Microsoft office, Latex; Database : ACCESS, MySQL
  • Poverty analysis : DAD, ADePT
  • Statistics, Survey and Econometrics : CSPRO, SPSS, SPAD, EVIEWS, R, STATA, RATS, GAUSS, SAS, GAMS, EPI-INFO, EPI DATA, GENSTAT, MATLAB
  • Programming : Pascal, C++, Visual Basic, JavaScript, HTML, PHP

 OTHERS

  • Hobbies : Football, Reading, Music, Cinema, Social Media
  • Treasurer of  Amicale des Anciens et Nouveaux Etudiants et Stagiaires Béninois du Cameroun (AMANES-BENCAM),  2008-2009:
  • Treasurer of student comity of ISSEA, 2007-2008:

 LANGUAGES

  • French (Native)          : Reading (Fluent), Speaking (Fluent), Writing (Fluent)
  • English                       : Reading (Fluent), Speaking (Fluent), Writing (Fluent)

 REFERENCES