Chikumbi, Lydia

Lydia Chikumbi is currently enrolled in the doctoral program at the School of Economics, University of Cape Town, South Africa, with a specialisation in Energy and Wine Economics. She received her Master’s Degree in Development Economics from UCT, and an Honor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Namibia. Her research interests are in the environmental and development economics, behavioral economics, financial economics, non-market valuations, climate change, energy and agricultural economics.

Her current research looks at the wine industry in South Africa: first, the energy input price volatility impact on wine production; second, the premium price for natural preservatives in wine; and third, performance trends in wine production, using a comparative analysis for South Africa and other major wine producers.

Previous studies have looked at optimal pricing for national park entrance fees in Zambia using contingent valuation method. She applies techniques of choice behavior analysis, revealed and stated preferences, market and non-market valuation, time series analysis, and general econometric analysis. Prior to pursuing her doctorate degree, Lydia worked for a bank in Zambia and lectured part-time at the University of Zambia.  


Research focus

Price volatility in the wine industry.

People | 11 June 2019