Dr. Bichaka Fayissa

Professor

Dr. Bichaka Fayissa
615-898-2385
Room N322, Business & Aerospace Building (BAS)
MTSU Box 189, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1982)
  • M.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1981)
  • M.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1976)
  • B.S., Haile Selassie I University (1971)

Areas of Expertise

Economic Development Technological Change Growth

Biography

Bichaka Fayissa is Professor in the Department of Economics & Finance in the Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University.  He is originally from Ethiopia.  He has Ph. D and MA in Economics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and also MS in Agricultural Economics from UTK and BS degree from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.  Upon receiving his doctoral degree, he joined Middle Tennessee State University in 1980. Few years after his arrival, he volu...

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Bichaka Fayissa is Professor in the Department of Economics & Finance in the Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University.  He is originally from Ethiopia.  He has Ph. D and MA in Economics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and also MS in Agricultural Economics from UTK and BS degree from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.  Upon receiving his doctoral degree, he joined Middle Tennessee State University in 1980. Few years after his arrival, he volunteered to serve as the Coordinator of the Inroads Program at Middle Tennessee State University. Inroads is/was a non-profit organization which identifies/identified talented minority students from area High Schools, prepares/prepared them to attend college and graduate, and places/placed them in management positions in corporate America. In this respect, my role was to organize short workshops for Inroads students to familiarize them with the various academic programs and services at MTSU in order to give them a head start, attract them to attend MTSU, and help them to succeed in their degree programs wherever they end up going. The more 100 Inroads graduates from MTSU have assumed significant managerial positions in corporate America as intended. In terms of scholarly contributions, Professor Fayissa has published over 60 refereed articles in international, national, and regional journals. He has also contributed book chapters for publications. Professor Fayissa is the winner of Outstanding Research Award and Outstanding Public Service Award at Middle Tennessee State University in 1992 and 2001, respectively. In terms of external professional visibility that brings recognition to MTSU, Professor Fayissa has served as President of the African Finance & Economic Association, the Academy of Economics & Finance, and the Oromo Studies Association. Professor Fayissa also serves on the Board of the Academy of Economics &Finance the African Finance & Economics Association.

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Publications

Bedassa, T., E. Shukralla, B. Fayissa (2017), Are Bilateral and Multilateral Aid-For-Trade Complementary? The World Economy, in Press.   C. Nsiah, B. Fayissa, and C. Wu (2016), The Spatial Effects on the Rate of Economic Growth: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa, Journal Developing Areas, 50 (1) Winter 2016.   Fayissa, B. and F. Gill, 2015, Revisiting the Impact of Governance in Economic Growth: Evidence from Asian Countries, 2015, Journal of economics & Fin...

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Bedassa, T., E. Shukralla, B. Fayissa (2017), Are Bilateral and Multilateral Aid-For-Trade Complementary? The World Economy, in Press.   C. Nsiah, B. Fayissa, and C. Wu (2016), The Spatial Effects on the Rate of Economic Growth: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa, Journal Developing Areas, 50 (1) Winter 2016.   Fayissa, B. and F. Gill, 2015, Revisiting the Impact of Governance in Economic Growth: Evidence from Asian Countries, 2015, Journal of economics & Finance, September 2015, DOI: 10.1007/s12197-015-9340-8   Nsiah, N. & B Fayissa, B. 2015, Impact of Remittances on the Economic Growth and Development of Africa published in the Oxford Handbook of Africa & & Economics, Oxford University Press ISBN: 9780199687107_monga_v2_part4.indd 711- 42.

Fayissa, B., & Nsiah, C. (2013). The Impact of Governance on Economic Growth in Africa. Journal of Developing Economies, 47 (1), 91-108. Fayissa, B., & Traian, A. (2013). Estimation of a Health Production Function: Evidence from East-European Countries. American Economist, 55 (2), 92-103. Fayissa, B., & Zhao, K. (2013). R & D Expenditures and Import Competition: Recent Evidence for the U.S. British Journal of Economics, Management & Trade, 4 (3), 453-467. Nsiah, C., & Bichaka. F. (2011). Remittances and Economic Growth in Africa, Asia, and Latin American-Caribbean Countries: A Panel Unit Root and Panel Cointegration Analysis. Journal of Economics and Finance, 32 (1), 424-441. Djira, G., Schaarschmidt, F., & Fayissa, B. (2010). Inferences for Selected Location Quotients with Applications to Health Outcomes. Geographical Analysis, 42 (3), 288-300. Fayissa, B., & Nsiah, C. (2010). The Impact of Remittances on the Economic Growth of Sub-Sahara African Countries. American Economist, 55 (2), 92-103. Fayissa, B., Nsiah, C., & Joshi, P. (2010). Perceived Financial Risk and the Economic Growth of Sub-Saharan African Countries. Economia Internazionale, 63 (2), 179-192. Fayissa, B., Nsiah, C., & Tadesse, B. (2010). Tourism and Economic Growth in Latin American Countries (LAC). Tourism Economics, 17 (3), 1365-1373. Fayissa, B., Nsiah, C., & Tadesse, B. (2008). The Impact of Tourism on Economic Growth and Development in Africa. Tourism Economics, 14 (4), 791-806. Tadesse, B., & Fayissa, B. (2008). The Impact of African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Journal of International Development, 19 (2), 1-22. Tadesse, B., Fayissa, B., & McColley, A. (2008). Does a Unilateral Policy Change Promote Trade? The Case of African Growth and Opportunity Act. Review of Development Cooperation, 2 (1), 87-104. Berhanu, W., Colman, D., & Fayissa, B. (2007). Diversification and Livelihood Sustainability in Semi-Arid Environment: A Case Study of Southern Ethiopia. Journal of Development Studies, 43 (5), 871-889. Gutema, P., & Fayissa, B. (2006). Dependency Ratio and the Economic Growth Puzzle in Africa. Global Development Studies, 4 (1-2), 91-112. Fayissa, B., & Gutema, P. (2005). Estimating a Health Production Function: The Case of Sub-Sahara Africa. Applied Economics, 37 (2), 155-164. Fayissa, B., & Gutema, P. (2005). Factors Affecting the Health Status of Sub-Sahara African Countries. American Economist, 49 (2), 60-66. Gutema, P., & Fayissa, B. (2004). Economic Growth in Subsistence Economies: An Alternative View. Journal of Developing Areas, 38 (1), 19-36.

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Awards

1992, Outstanding Faculty Resarch Award at MTSU.

1998, Pleas Award- Outstanding Faculty at MTSU in Teaching, Research, and Service. 

2001, Outstanding Public Service Award at MTSU.

2005 Service Fellow, Academy of Economics & Finance.