Fellows

CDEP Fellows are advanced students in, or recent graduates from, the SIPA Ph.D. Program in Sustainable Development or the Economics Ph.D. Program at Columbia, whose research is focused on development issues.

Biographies

Ama Baafra Abeberese

Ama Baafra Abeberese is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Wellesley College. Her research is primarily in the areas of industrial development and international trade. Her work focuses on identifying and analyzing constraints faced by firms in developing economies. Her recent work includes investigating the effects of infrastructure-related constraints, including electricity shortages and pricing, and trade-related constraints, including access to imported inputs, on firm behavior. She holds a B.A in Physics and Economics from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University.

Her CV and further information are available on her personal website.

S Anukriti

S Anukriti is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Boston College and a Research Affiliate of the Institute of the Study of Labor (IZA, Bonn). Her research focuses on topics in development economics, demography, and the economics of gender. In recent work, she has examined the effects macroeconomic policies and financial incentives on fertility and sex-selection in India. Anukriti holds a PhD in Economics from Columbia University, MA in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and BA (Honors) in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi.

Her CV and further information can be found on her personal website.

Patrick Asuming

Patrick Asuming is an Associate Research Scientist at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. His research is primarily in the areas of economics of health and education in developing countries. In his recent work, he used randomized field interventions to understand enrollment decisions in health insurance in Ghana and effect of enrollment in insurance on utilization of health care services and health outcomes. Patrick holds a PhD in Economics from Columbia University, an MPhil in Development Studies from Cambridge University and a BA (Honors) in Economics from the University of Ghana, Legon.

Prabhat Barnwal

Prabhat is a Ph.D. student at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. His primary fields are development, environment and energy. His ongoing projects are focused on topics related to public finance, energy policy and health in developing countries. Prabhat holds an M.A. degree from the International University of Japan, Japan and a B. E. in Electrical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, India.

His CV and further information are available on his personal website.

Ritam Chaurey

Ritam Chaurey is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the State University of New York, Binghamton. His broad research interests are in the fields of development economics and applied microeconomics with a focus on firm behavior and entrepreneurship in developing countries. Ritam holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University. Prior to his doctoral studies, he completed an MA (Cantab.) from Cambridge University, and a B.A. (Hons) Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.

His CV and further information are available on his personal website.

Jan Christoph von der Goltz

Jan Christoph von der Goltz is a PhD candidate at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. His research focus is on the economics of health and the environment in developing countries. In recent work, he studies the local economic and health impact of mining in a large micro data sample from 44 developing countries. Jan holds an MPA degree from Columbia University and an MA from the University of London (SOAS). Before joining Columbia, he worked for the World Bank, the Center for Global Development, and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.

His CV and further information are available on his personal website.

Anthony D'Agostino

Anthony D'Agostino is a Ph.D. student in the Sustainable Development program at the School of International and Public Affairs. His research interests include agricultural adaptation to climate change, particularly the role that financial instruments play in altering small-scale farmers' constraint sets, and energy poverty. Anthony received a BA in Philosophy from Rutgers University and an MPP from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, and has previously worked at the World Resources Institute and UNEP.

His CV and further information are available on his personal website.

Nicolás de Roux

Nicolás de Roux is a Ph.D student in the Department of Economics at Columbia University. His current research focuses on industrial development in both the manufacturing and agricultural sector in Colombia. Nicolás received a B.A. with distinction from the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, an M.A from the same university and an M.A and M.Phil from Columbia University. During his time at Universidad de los Andes, Nicolás conducted research in macroeconomics and experimental economics.

His CV and further information are available on his personal web site.

Booyuel Kim

Booyuel Kim is a Ph.D. student in Sustainable Development at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University. His research interests lie primarily in development economics, particular as it applies to AIDS prevention and Maternal & Child health in sub-Saharan Africa. Booyuel received an Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. in Economics from Handong Global University, Republic of Korea. His CV and further information are available on his personal website.

His CV and further information are on his personal website.

Hyuncheol Bryant Kim

Hyuncheol Bryant Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department for Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. His vision is to love his neighbors and change the world for the better through participatory researches that provide meaningful policy implications. There are two themes in his research. The first is to understand the impact of and behavioral responses to health information and programs. He has investigated cancer screening, general health screening, long term care services and HIV/AIDS prevention programs. The second is to understand human development more fundamentally. Specifically, he is interested in the effect of fetal and early childhood condition on health and socio-economic outcomes in the long-run. He is currently running field projects in Malawi, Ethiopia and Ghana, that will allow him to tackle various issues in health and development economics over the long run. He earned an MD degree from Yonsei University, College of Medicine in 2002, a Master in Economics from Yonsei University in 2005, a Master of Public Health from Seoul National University School of Public Health in 2007, and a PhD in Economics from Columbia University in 2013.

His CV and further information can be found on his personal website.

Todd Kumler

Todd Kumler is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at Columbia University. His research focuses on the impact of globalization and trade on employment and health outcomes. In addition, he has studied payroll-tax compliance among formal firms in Mexico and conducted fieldwork analyzing the impact of a reading program in the Philippines. Todd received an M.A. and M.Phil from Columbia University and a B.A in mathematics and economics from Illinois Wesleyan University. His CV and further information are on his personal website.

Kumler's current CDEP-affiliated research includes a project on payroll-tax compliance among formal firms in Mexico.

Corinne Low

Corinne Low is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at Columbia University. She studies issues of human capital and intra-household allocation in the US, Zambia, and Kenya, combining applied microeconomic theory with lab and field experiments to understand the determinants of who gets how much across gender and age lines. Her dissertation focuses on the impact of time-limited fertility on women's educational investments and marriage market outcomes in the US. Prior to joining Columbia, she worked as a consultant at McKinsey and Company, and received a bachelors with high distinction in economics from Duke University. She is a junior member of the Family Inequality Network (part of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity working group at University of Chicago), a 2008 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, and a 2012 Program on Negotiation Graduate Research Fellow.

Her CV and further information are on her personal website.

Patricia Navarro-Palau

Patricia Navarro-Palau is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at Columbia University. Her research focuses on how socioeconomic factors affect decisions in the education market and how this in turn affects future labor outcomes. Patricia received a B.A. from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, an MSc in Economics with distinction from the London School of Economics and a M.Phil from Columbia University.

Additional information can be found on her CV.

Evan Plous

Evan Plous is a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Economics at Columbia University.  His research focuses on the economics of urban water markets in developing countries, specifically the impediments to efficient water provision and the effects of this mis-allocation on health and labor outcomes.  Evan received an M.A. and M.Phil from Columbia University and a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, where he won the Earl Rolph Memorial Prize as the top undergraduate student in his class.

His CV and further information are on his personal website.

Evan Riehl

Evan Riehl is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at Columbia University. He received a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. His research is in labor and education economics, with a focus on how information affects the transitions into and out of college.

Additional information can be found on his personal website.

Raul Sanchez de la Sierra

Raul is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at Columbia University. His research investigates the political economy of development and conflict. A general theme of his research is how violence and states shape the process of development. In addition to impact evaluations, he is currently studying the economic effects of state contracts expansion and the economic origins of state-like governance by armed groups in Eastern Congo. He holds a BS. from Carlos III, Madrid, an MS. from Sciences-Po Paris and he has worked for multiple international organizations in Latin America, Africa, and Europe.

His CV and further information are on his personal website.

Yogita Shamdasani

Yogita Shamdasani is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Economics at Columbia University. Her broad research interests are in the fields of development and labor economics. In recent work, she examines the role of local road infrastructure in technology adoption in agriculture. 

Yogita received a B.A with Distinction from Cornell University, and a M.A and M.Phil from Columbia University.

Her CV and further information can be found on her personal website.

Hyelim Son

Hyelim Son is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at Columbia University. Her research focuses on two general topics: human capital investment and impact of public finance policies in developing countries. Hyelim received an M.A and M.Phil from Columbia University and a B.A. from Seoul National University.

Her CV and further information are available on her personal website.

Soule Sow

Soule Sow is a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Economics at Columbia University. His research interests are development economics and international trade. In some of his recent works, he provides a study of quality of life and location preference of urban and rural locations in a developing country context. Other ongoing projects examine manufacturing firms’ behavior after the adoption of value-added taxation in Ethiopia. Soule received an M.A. and M.Phil from Columbia University, and a B.A in mathematics and economics from Colby College.

His CV and further information are available on his personal website.

Mica Sviatschi

Mica is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at Columbia University. Her research interests are Development Economics, with a primary focus on Education, Labor and Gender issues in Latin America.  A general theme in her thesis is how temporary labor demand shocks can have long term effects on human capital investments. In recent work, she shows that temporary increases in female factory jobs can lead to lasting improvements in female status through general equilibrium effects in the education and marriage markets in the Dominican Republic. Currently, she is studying how increasing the returns to education in Peru can help to mitigate the high economic returns of children in the labor market caused by temporary labor demand increases in child intensive crops. She holds a BS. and MS. from Universidad de San Andres, Buenos Aires and she has worked for the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC.

Additional information can be found on her CV.

Anna Tompsett

Anna Tompsett is a Doctoral Candidate in the Sustainable Development program at Columbia University. Her primary research area relates to the impact of infrastructure on development, with a particular interest in how changes in the decision-making process influence outcomes. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Alliance Foundation, Engineers without Borders UK and the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Originally trained as a civil and environmental engineer, she holds an M.Eng. from Imperial College London and an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge.

Her CV and further information are available on her personal website.

Laurence Wilse-Samson

Laurence Wilse-Samson is a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics at Columbia University. A general theme of his research is the relationship between political institutions and economic development. He received a B.Sc and a B.Com from the University of Cape Town, an M.Sc from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Postgraduate Diploma in European Competition Law from King's College London. He has worked at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and NERA Economic Consulting UK.

His CV and further information are on his personal website.