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

David Alfaro-Serrano

David Alfaro-Serrano is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at Columbia University. His research interest are in the field of development economics and trade. More specifically, his research agenda seeks to understand the determinants of firms’ growth and innovation in developing countries, their effect on workers and other stakeholders, and the ways in which these processes are affected by trade and policy. He holds an MA in Economics from University of San Andrés and a BA in Economics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina. Before coming to Columbia, David worked at the Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness of the Inter-American Development Bank.

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

 

Francis Annan

Francis is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. His primary fields are development, environment and applied microeconomics. His ongoing projects embody issues related to contracts, insurance, consumer finance, and social and economic impacts of environmental change with linkages to human capital and economic adaptation. Francis holds an M.S. from Mississippi State University and a B.S. from the University of Cape Coast, both in Economics & Agriculture. He has worked for both the World Bank and the NBER.

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

Ashna Arora

Ashna Arora is a PhD candidate at the Department of Economics at Columbia University. Her research focuses on crime, labor markets and political economy. In ongoing work, she examines the impact of the age of criminal majority on juveniles’ decisions to commit crime in the United States. She is also working on measuring the impact of consensus-based electoral processes on politician selection and government performance in rural India.

Before joining Columbia, Ashna completed an MSc degree in quantitative economics from the Indian Statistical Institute (Delhi).

Her CV and further information are on her personal web site.

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.

Kim Fe Cramer

Kim Fe Cramer is an assistant professor at LSE. Her research studies financial systems in developing countries. In her job market paper, she shows that banks improve the health of households in India. Banks offer health insurance to households and credit to hospitals. She received her Ph.D. in Finance and Economics from Columbia University in 2022. Additional information is available on her personal website.

Anthony D'Agostino

Anthony D'Agostino is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University's Center on Food Security and the Environment.  His research interests include microeconomic analyses of climate change and understanding the roles of technology and financial instruments in agricultural decision-making.  He holds a PhD in Sustainable Development from Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, and received a BA in Philosophy from Rutgers University and an MPP from the National University of Singapore.   

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

 

Golvine de Rochambeau

Golvine de Rochambeau is a PhD candidate in the Economics Department at Columbia University. Her research interests are in the fields of development, industrial organization and trade. She has several on-going projects in Liberia. Before coming to Columbia, she received a MSc in Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique in France.

Her personal website is golvinederochambeau.com

 

Nicolás de Roux

Nicolás de Roux is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Univesidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. He is an applied microeconomist with a focus on firm behavior and financial markets in developing countries. Nicolás holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University. He received a B.A. with distinction from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá and an M.A from the same university.

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

Louise Guillouet

Louise Guillouet is an economist working for the Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Division of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). She is particularly interested in helping countries craft better industrial policies to achieve their sustainable development goals. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University in 2022, with a dissertation focused on industrial development in Myanmar and Mexico.

Her personal website is www.louiseguillouet.com

Sakshi Gupta

Sakshi Gupta is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at Columbia University. Her research interests are in the field of development economics, labor economics, and applied microeconomics with a focus on gender. Her ongoing projects focus on challenges developing countries face regarding the gender gap in labor markets, inadequate infrastructure, and schooling. In her job market paper, she sheds light on the impact of social and cultural norms on economic outcomes for women, especially their labor force participation in India. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics and a Bachelor’s degree from St. Stephen’s College. She has worked as a consultant and assisted in projects at the World Bank and International Growth Center.

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

Jaehyun Jung

Jaehyun Jung is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. His primary fields are development, health and environmental economics.  One of his projects focuses on the impact of weather shocks on a household's decision on fertility and a child's sex in rural Vietnam.

He received a B.A. in Business Administration at Yonsei University, South Korea and a Master of Public Administration at SIPA, Columbia University.

Further information is on his personal website.

Nandita Krishnaswamy

Nandita Krishnaswamy is a PhD Candidate in the Economics department at Columbia University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of labor and development, with a particular focus on agricultural labor markets. Her job market paper focuses on the impact of agricultural price supports on production decisions and spillovers to the non-agricultural sector. Her other work ranges from experimentally quantifying labor market frictions arising from informal village labor unions, to investigating the extent to which incorrect rainfall predictions reduce farmer welfare. She holds a BA degree (summa cum laude) from Wellesley College, and MA and M.Phil degrees from Columbia University.

Her website can be found at http://nanditakrishnaswamy.com  

Lorenzo Lagos

Lorenzo is a Ph.D. candidate in the Economics Department at Columbia University. His primary fields are labor and development economics. His work focuses on how institutions in developing countries impact labor market outcomes with a particular emphasis on the role of firms. His ongoing projects concern issues related to collective bargaining, the minimum wage, nonwage compensation, discrimination, labor market sorting, and violence. Lorenzo holds an B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). He has worked as a management consultant and assisted in projects at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Mexican Federal Competition Commission (Cofece).

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

 

Suanna Oh

Suanna Oh is an assistant professor at the Paris School of Economics. Her research is at the intersection of development and behavioral economics. Her current projects investigate how cultural or behavioral biases affect labor market outcomes in developing countries. She received a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University in 2020. She completed her bachelor’s in Economics and Mathematics at Duke University and master’s in Economics at the University of Toronto. Additional information is available on her personal website.

Qiuying Qu

Qiuying Qu is a PhD candidate in the Department of Economics at Columbia University. Her research focuses on firm behavior, banking and finance, and political influence in developing countries. In ongoing work, she examines the cause of zombie firms–indebted firms that are unprofitable and depend on banks or government bailouts for continued operation–from the perspective of political cycles in lending. She is also working on exploring the relationship between export subsidy and quality upgrading, and the impact of ownership structure reform on firm performance.

Before joining Columbia, Qiuying received an M.A. degree in Economics and a B.A. from Peking University.

Her CV and further information are on her personal website.

 

 

 

Evan Riehl

Evan Riehl is an assistant professor of economics at Cornell University. He received a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University and a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. His research is in labor, education, and development economics with a focus on higher education.

Additional information can be found on his personal website.

BooKang Seol

BooKang Seol is a PhD Candidate in the Economics Department at Columbia University. His research interests are development and economic history. His job market paper studies the mechanisms behind Korea's fast agricultural productivity growth in the 1970's. To answer how much the transport improvements contributed to the growth, he searched and digitized historical documents from Namhae island, the fourth largest island in Korea. BooKang received his bachelor's in Economics at Harvard University and master's in international development at Harvard Kennedy School.    

Yogita Shamdasani

Yogita Shamdasani is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh. Her broad research interests are in the fields of development and labor economics. In recent work, she examines the impact of local road infrastructure on agricultural production. 

Yogita received a B.A with Distinction from Cornell University, and a Ph.D from Columbia University. Her CV and further information can be found on her 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.

Danyan Zha

Danyan Zha is an Assistant Professor of Economics in the School of Economics at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. Her research focuses on education, applied matching theories and family economics. In her recent work, she examined the impact of the school construction program in Indonesia on the marriage market, in particular, female marriage age. Current ongoing work focuses on the role of the family registration system “Hukou” in the marriage market in China and the changing pattern and the causes of the cross-boundary marriages between mainland China and Hong Kong.

Danyan received her Ph.D. in economcis from Columbia University and her undergraduate degree in economics and applied mathematics from Tsinghua University.

Her CV and further information are on her personal website.

 

Alice Zhang

Alice is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University and will join Washington and Lee University as an Assistant Professor of Economics after the postdoc. She studies questions at the intersection of environmental and development economics. Her current research seeks to improve our understanding of how large-scale natural and social processes, such as anthropogenic climate change, natural disasters, and forced migration, affect economic development and human welfare. More fundamentally, she is interested in using cutting-edge data and economic models to address the distributional implications of government policies and provide practical solutions for the challenges of sustainability. She received a Ph.D. from Columbia University and a B.A. with Distinction from the University of California, Berkeley.

Her CV and further information are available on her personal website

 

 

Qing Zhang

Qing Zhang is a Principal Consultant at Edgeworth Economics. His research interests are in development economics, urban economics and political economy. In his research, he has explored the implications of urban density, interactions between citizens and local governments on the internet, and the role of legal rules in economic growth. 

He received a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University in 2019 and a B.S. in Information Systems and Management Science from Tsinghua University in 2013. He worked as a consultant for the Asian Development Bank in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia during the summer of 2015.

Additional information can be found on his website.