College of Business and Economics
Upham Hall

Daniel Teferra

  • Office Location: Timothy J Hyland Hall 4409
  • Phone: (262) 472-1747
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  • Department(s): Economics
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  • Ph.D., Economic Development, University of Wisconsin-Madison,1979
  • M.A., Public Policy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1975
  • B.A., Haile Selassie I University, Addis Ababa, 1971


Daniel Teferra, Ph. D., Professor of Economics Emeritus at Ferris State University, has lectured at UWW since 2006 in areas of principles of economics and history of economic thought.

While at Ferris (1980-2003), Dr. Teferra has taught a wide range of courses comprising principles of economics, economic development, comparative economic systems, Money & banking, International Economics, problems of economics and history of economic thought. He has served in leadership positions as Chair of the Economics & Statistics Department and member of the Faculty Senate. Dr. Teferra has served as mentor of underrepresented students, advisor to student organizations and University resource-person on African affairs and international studies.

Dr. Teferra has studied and written extensively on Economic Development in Africa, in general, and Ethiopia, in particular, as well as on U. S. Africa policy. He has published numerous scholarly works and a series books on economic development issues. His recent research and publications have focused on the link between entrepreneurship and economic development as well as on institutional issues of transition to a market economy and democracy in poor societies and former socialist countries in Africa.

Before Dr. Teferra came to the United States in 1974 for further studies, he had worked in Ethiopia in government and private organizations as a teacher, management expert, and small business consultant. He continued this type of real-world project work, some of it domestic and some international, through his days as Professor and Chair at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. He was an entrepreneur in the true sense of the word as he opened and operated an upscale restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin for about three years (2003-2006). His business experience has given him a unique opportunity to compare economic theory and business practice, broaden his understanding of real-world business, and share his practical knowledge of entrepreneurship with his students and colleagues at UWW.    

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Making Achievement Possible
December 2011
UWW - Residence Life
Making Achievement Possible (MAP)
December 2011
UWW - Residence Life
Certificate of Appreciation Awarded to Daniel Teferra
August 2003
Ferris State University - Board of Trustees
Distinguished Faculty Award Nominee
Michigan Association of Governing Boards
Recongnition for Lecture Series Service
Ferris State University, Gerholz Institute for Lifelong Learning
Martin Luther King/Cesar Chavez/Rosa Parks Committee
August 1988
Office of Minority Affairs, Ferris State University

Economic Development Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Public Policy & Economic Development
University of Wisconsin-Madison
College of Business, Haile Selassie I University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Board member of Ethiopian Development Studies Association
March 2009 - Current
Ethiopian Development Studies (EDSA)
March 2009 - Current
Association for Comparative Economic Studies
September 2001 - Current
Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, International Journal of African Development
January 2012 - December 2014
Associate Editor, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
January 2012 - December 2012

Ethiopians, Nationalists & Transition to Democracy
Why Ethiopia Needs A Land Reform Program
Economic Difficulties & Challenges of the "Kilil" System
Land Tenancy and Poverty in Ethiopia
Democratizing the Ethiopian State
Governance and Economic Development
Developmental State versus the Market
Is Ethiopia Experiencing an Economic Miracle?
African Institutions of Peace and Development
Why Ethiopia Is Still Poor
Implications of Globalization for Development in Africa
Globalization and Economic Development in Ethiopia
Post-Cold War Market Reform & Globalization in Ethiopia
Ethiopia and Eritrea: A Framework for a Shared Market and Broader Democracy
U.S. Policy and Obstacles to Democratization and Development in Ethiopia
Macroeconomic Issues in Managing the Global Economy: Strategies for Economic Development
State and Economic Development
Restrictive Behavior and Continued Poverty in Ethiopia
Famine, Urban Poverty and Unemployment in the Horn of Africa
Rebuilding Ethiopia Around Democracy
Development Challenges of Post-Apartheid South Africa
Government-Guided vs. Market-Oriented Development in Africa
Ethiopia: Transition to Market Economy and Democracy
The Real Issues in Development History
The Economic Future of Africa
Possibilities for a Market Economy and Democracy in Ethiopia
Performance of Ethiopia's Socialist Economy
Market Reforms in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe
The African Development Debate: Socialism vs. Capitalism

Why Ethiopia Needs a Land Reform Program
Ethiopia Should Reform the Constitution, before Election
A Critique: Climbing Mount Uncertainty
Saving Ethiopia
Addis Ababa: The Capital of Shawa & Ethiopia
Ethiopia Should Return to Its Source
Ethiopia Should Export Pork, Not Donkeys
The Addis Ababa Landfill Tragedy
Unequal Development & the Immigration Crisis
The Real Issue of Land in Ethiopia
Ethiopianism vs. Democratic Ethiopia
TPLF, Its Opponents & the Ethiopian People
Giving the People of Ethiopia Priority
TPLF's Thinking and Ethiopia's Future
Might is not Right
The Gondar Uprising
Notes from Addis Ababa to Dilla
Land Tenancy and Poverty in Ethiopia
Implications of Peasant Protests in Ethiopia
Ethiopia: Nations/Nationalities or Democratization?
Is Land Privatization bad for the Poor?
Addis Ababa's Urban Development Process
Ending Ethiopia's Food Aid Dependency
Ethiopia and Eritrea: Separation vs. Integration
Ethiopia: Living Under the Threat of Famine
Democratizing the Ethiopian State
Ethiopia: Democratic Governance and Development
The Cost of Ethiopia's Infrastructure Spending
Ethiopia: International Borrowing and Its Consequences
America's Africa: Command- or Market-Based?
Ethiopia: Inflationary Growth and Food Deficiency
Africa: From Ujamaa to Developmental State
Ethiopia: Behind Addis Ababa's Construction Boom
Why Ethiopia Needs to Privatize Land
IMF and Ethiopia's Economic Growth
Ethiopia and 'China's Model'
Ethiopia: Why Land Ownership Matters
Addis Ababa: Housing Boom and Government Land Grab
Lessons of Peace & Development: Gurage Entrepreneurship in Ethiopia
University Press of America, Inc.
Pg. 86
Economic Development and Nation Building in Ethiopia
University Press of America, Inc.
Social History and Theoretical Analyses of the Economy of Ethiopia
Edwin Mellen Press
Instability in The Horn of Africa: Case History and Behavior Model
Northeast African Studies, Michigan State University
Vol. Vol. 11 Iss. 3 Pg. 35-40
The Ethiopian Drought
Books of Days 1988 An Encyclopedia of Information Sources, The Pierian Press
Subsistence Production Behavior and Famine in Ethiopia
Vol. 9 Iss. 2
Economic Development and U.S. Policy Issues in Africa
Michigan Academician
Vol. XVII Iss. 2 Pg. 119-125
The Lack of Development in Ethiopia
Northeast African Studies, Michigan State University
Vol. VI Iss. 1 & 2 Pg. 13-22

Text book publishers
Reviewing principles of economics text books while teaching at Ferris State University (1980-2003)