New CDEP Visiting Scholars Diego Ubfal and Xiao Yu Wang

New CDEP Visiting Scholars Diego Ubfal and Xiao Yu Wang

Friday, July 22, 2016

Diego Ubfal and Xiao Yu Wang are new CDEP visiting scholars.

Diego Ubfal is Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Bocconi University. His current research focuses on entrepreneurship (estimating impact of and demand for business training in Jamaica, the effect of business networks on innovation in Ghana, Uganda and Kenya), financial access (savings accounts in Uganda, Malawi and Chile) and attitudes towards immigrants (online survey experiment in the U.S.). He has designed randomized control trials in Africa and Latin America. His teaching focuses on Program Evaluation and Development Economics. He has done his PhD at UCLA and he will be spending his sabbatical at Columbia in 2016-2017.

Xiao Yu Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Duke University. Her major fields of interest are development economics and microeconomic theory. She uses a combination of theoretical and empirical tools to study the equilibrium emergence, evolution, and persistence of organizations and institutional structure, particularly in the unique environments of developing economies. She believes this is important for a better understanding of inequality, and that enriching our understanding of the status quo enables the design of policies which more effectively help poor people. She specializes in understanding informal financial institutions and relationships by developing empirically-testable models and taking the theoretical predictions to data. She also studies institutions which influence the production and transmission of information, such as credit registries and media channels, as well as markets in which traditional price mechanisms fail. Professor Wang is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economics Research. She received her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013 and is spending her sabbatical year at Columbia University and Yale University in 2016-17.