Faculty & Staff

CDEP faculty affiliates are researchers from across Columbia University who are engaged in research on economic development. 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.

  • 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.

  • W. Bentley MacLeod is Sami Mnaymneh Professor of Economics, Professor of International and Public Affairs, and an affiliated Law Faculty at Columbia University. He is a specialist in law, labor and contract economics, with a focus on how incentives are designed to take into account the complex interplay between reputation effects, market competition, and social norms. MacLeod has been a fellow of the Econometric Society since 2005 and a fellow of the Society of Labor Economists since 2012. His work has been published in the Rand Journal of Economics, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Economic Literature, and the American Economic Review, among others. MacLeod holds a B.A. (with distinction) and a M.Sc. in mathematics from Queen's University, Kingston, Canada and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

    His CV and further information are available on his personal website

    CDEP projects:

    The Big Sort: College Reputation and Labor Market Outcomes

  • Tommaso Porzio is an assistant professor of macroeconomics in the Economics Division at Columbia Business School. His research primarily studies the role of human capital for growth and economic development with a focus on understanding the barriers that may prevent individuals from exploiting their talent.

    Tommaso holds a Ph.D. from Yale University and Msc and BA from Bocconi University.

  • Suresh Naidu is Assistant Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Columbia University, with a joint appointment in the School of International and Public Affairs and the Department of Economics. His primary research area is political economy with a particular interest in markets and economic conflict in non-democratic environments. His CV is available on his website.

    His current CDEP-affiliated research includes the cross-country economic effects of democratization, politics of trade in Haiti, a project on migrant worker contracts in the UAE, as well as ongoing research on the economic history of American labor markets.

    CDEP projects:

    Democracy, Inequality, and Economic Development

    Elite Family Networks and the Origins of Dictatorships: Theory and Evidence from Haiti

    Worker Mobility in a Global Labor Market: Evidence from the United Arab Emirates

  • 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.

  • Sarah Holloway is a serial social entrepreneur who has started a half dozen ventures in K-12 education including MOUSE and CSNYC. Sarah is a member of the SIPA faculty where she teaches Nonprofit Financial Management in the school’s core curriculum and Social Entrepreneurship. In addition to teaching, she runs SIPA’s Management Specialization – a set of courses and activities that support knowledge and skill building in nonprofit, for-profit, and social enterprise management, and is the Program Director of the Global EdTech program at SIPA.

    Sarah is a board member of the NYC Foundation for Computer Science Education (CSNYC), The Armory Foundation, Mission Restore, Columbia Entrepreneurship, and FiveOne Labs. Sarah received a Bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from SIPA.

    CDEP projects:

    Global Ed-Tech

  • 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.

  • Rodrigo R. Soares is Lemann Family Foundation Visiting Professor of Brazilian Studies (2022-2025) at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and Lemann Foundation Professor of ,Economics at Insper, Brazil. From 2016 to 2022, Rodrigo was a tenured full-time faculty at Columbia University's School International and Public Affairs. His research ranges from health, demographic economics, and labor, to crime and institutions. His work has appeared in various scientific journals, including American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies, and American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, among various others. Rodrigo is also research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA, Germany), research affiliate at J-PAL Latin America, and associate editor of the Journal of Human Capital, the Journal of Demographic Economics, and the IZA Journal of Development & Migration. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 2002.

    Rodrigo is an Elected Fellow of the Econometric Society, an Honorary Member of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association, and a 2006 recipient of the Kenneth J. Arrow Award for the best paper in Health Economics (International Health Economics Association).

    Further information is available on his personal web site.

    CDEP projects:

    Does Universalization of Health Work?  Evidence from Health Systems Restructuring and Maternal and Child Health in Brazil

    Selection on Ability and Early Career Growth in the Gender Wage Gap

    Economic Shocks and Crime: Evidence from the Brazilian Trade Liberalization

  • 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.

  • Qing Zhang is a Data Scientist at Google, where he works on models and products in the area of privacy-preserving advertising, helping businesses reach consumers while protecting user privacy. Previously, he worked at Charles River Associates on economic analysis in the areas of antitrust and intellectual property for litigations in the US, China, India and Germany. 

    He received a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University in 2019, where he focused on research topics in development economics, urban economics and political economy. He worked as a consultant for the Asian Development Bank in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia during the summer of 2015, where he developed a methodology for time-series forecasting and participated in a transportation infrastructure project.

  • 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.

    CDEP projects:

    Getting the Poor to Enroll in Health Insurance and its Effects on their Health: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment in Ghana

  • 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.

  • 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  

  • Mulu Gebreeyesus (PhD) is a Weiss International Fellow at Barnard College, Colombia University. He is a Development Economist with a research focus on international trade, value chains, firm performance and upgrading; the practice and impact of industrial policy in developing countries; greening industries; Science, Innovation, and Technology (STI) policy and practice; entrepreneurship and small businesses development. He was a senior researcher at the United Nations University (UNU-MERIT) Maastricht in the Netherlands (2008-2014) and Ethiopian Development Research Institute (2014-21). He led (or co-led) 17+ research projects, engaged extensively in policy advice and international consultancies. Gebreeyesus holds a PhD in Economics from the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg, Sweden in 2006.

  • Miguel Urquiola is Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Columbia University.

    His research is on the Economics of Education, with a focus on understanding competition between schools and universities.  This includes work on how parents and students select educational providers, and what consequences such choice has on performance.

    He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and serves as co-editor of the Journal of Human Resources. He held prior appointments at the Russell Sage Foundation, Cornell University’s economics department, the World Bank’s research department, the Bolivian government, and the Bolivian Catholic University.

    He received a B.A. and a Ph.D. in Economics from Swarthmore College and the University of California at Berkeley, respectively.   His CV and further information are on his personal website.

    CDEP projects:

    Teacher-Student Interactions and Child Outcomes: Evidence from Romanian Secondary Schools

    The Big Sort: College Reputation and Labor Market Outcomes

  • Michael Best is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Columbia University. Michael's research focuses on tax evasion in developing countries and its implications for optimal tax policy and administration; the determinants of the effectiveness of public procurement in developing countries and the design of policies to improve it; and the effects of tax policy and the design of optimal tax policies in developed countries. Prior to joining Columbia, Michael was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Michael holds a PhD from the LSE and an M.Phil from the University of Oxford.

    More information is available on his personal website.

    CDEP projects:

    Improving the Effectiveness of Public Procurement

  • Mica Sviatschi 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.

  • Macartan Humphreys is a Professor of Political Science at Columbia University and director of the Institutions and Political Inequality unit at WZB Berlin. His ongoing research focuses on post-conflict development, ethnic politics, natural resource management, political authority and leadership, and democratic development with a current focus on the use of field experiments to study democratic decision-making in post-conflict and developing areas. He has conducted field research in Chad, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Liberia, Mali, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Uganda, and elsewhere. His work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, Journal of Development Economics, Science, and elsewhere. He has authored or coauthored books on ethnic politics, natural resource management, and game theory and politics. He is a former Executive Director of the Experiments in Governance and Politics research network and a former Trudeau fellow and scholar of the Harvard Academy. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2003.

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

    CDEP projects:

    Social Engineering in the Tropics: Case Study Evidence from East Congo

  • 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

  • Lorenzo Lagos is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Brown 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 unions. His ongoing projects concern issues related to collective bargaining, minimum wage policies, nonwage compensation, labor market sorting, and gender/racial differentials. Lorenzo holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University and 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.

  • Laura Boudreau is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Columbia Business School. Her research focuses on organizational economics, labor economics, and development economics. Laura is especially interested in how the intersection of global supply chains with local institutions affect firms’ and workers’ outcomes and how labor market institutions affect economic development. Most of Laura’s research focuses on the apparel industry in South and Southeast Asia. Laura received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to beginning her Ph.D., Laura was a staff member at the World Bank’s Financial and Private Sector Development Vice Presidency. 

    Laura’s CV and additional information can be found on her personal website.

    CDEP projects:

    Can Enforcement Interventions by Multinationals Help Improve Labor Standards in Developing Countries

  • 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.

  • José Antonio Ocampo is Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs and Member of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University, Chair of the Committee for Development Policy of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and Chair of the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation (ICRICT). He is currently the Minister of Finance of Colombia. He also teaches regularly at Universidad de los Andes and other Colombian universities. He has occupied numerous positions at the United Nations and his native Colombia, including UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and Minister of Finance, Minister of Agriculture, Director of the National Planning Office of Colombia, and Member of the Board of Directors of Banco de la República (Colombia’s central bank). He has received numerous academic distinctions, including the 2012 Jaume Vicens Vives award of the Spanish Association of Economic History for the best book on Spanish or Latin American economic history, the 2008 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought and the 1988 Alejandro Angel Escobar National Science Award of Colombia. He has published extensively on macroeconomic theory and policy, international financial issues, economic and social development, international trade, and Colombian and Latin American economic history.

  • Jan Svejnar is the James T. Shotwell Professor of Global Political Economy and Founding Director of the Center on Global Economic Governance at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. In his research, Professor Svejnar focuses on (a) the effects of foreign investment and government policies on firms and workers, (b) corporate, national and global governance and performance, and (c) entrepreneurship. He is the author and editor of a number of books and has published widely in academic, policy and practitioner-oriented journals, including the American Economic ReviewEconometricaJournal of Economic LiteratureJournal of Economic PerspectivesQuarterly Journal of Economics, and Review of Economics and Statistics. He works as an advisor to governments, non-profit organizations and firms, and he serves as Chair of the Supervisory Board of CSOB Bank and Co-Editor of Economics of Transition. He is also Fellow of the European Economic Association, and Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research (London) and Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA, Bonn).

    Prior to joining Columbia University in 2012, Professor Svejnar taught at the University of Michigan, University of Pittsburgh, and Cornell University. He received his B.S. from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University.

    In 2012, Professor Svejnar was honored with a Neuron Prize for lifelong achievement from the Karel Janeček Endowment for Research and Science. In 2008, Professor Svejnar was one of two candidates for the Presidency of the Czech Republic.

    Additional information can be found on his personal website.

  • Jaehyun Jung is an assistant professor at the Graduate School of International Studies at Ewha Womans University in Korea. 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 his Ph.D. in Sustainable Development and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University.

  • Jack Willis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Columbia University. His research focuses on development economics and its intersection with public economics, behavioral economics and household finance. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in Math from Cambridge University, an M.A. in Economics from the Paris School of Economics, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University, for which his dissertation was awarded the Padma Desai Prize in Economic Science.

    Further information is available on his personal website.

    CDEP projects:

    Barriers to Social Learning Among Smallholder Farms

    Land Rental Markets: Experimental Evidence from Kenya

    Evaluating Contract Farming

    Time vs. State in Insurance: Experimental Evidence from Contract Farming in Kenya

  • Hatice Karahan is a Professor of Economics and the Head of the Department of Economics and Finance at Istanbul Medipol University. She received her Ph.D. degree in Economics from Syracuse University in 2006. She also holds BA and MA degrees from Boğazici University in Management and Economics, respectively. Karahan has worked as an economic advisor for the Turkish government and for the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK). She has also served for over a decade as a consultant for leading business associations in Turkey, including the Turkish Exporters' Assembly (TIM) and the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEIK). During the 2021-2022 academic year, she was a visiting scholar at Harvard University. Her research interests include macroeconomics, development economics, international political economy, women's studies and labor economics.

  • 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

  • Glenn Denning is Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where he directs the Master of Public Administration in Development Practice. He chairs the Earth Institute’s Practice Committee and is Senior Policy Advisor for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Denning has advised governments and other organizations on agriculture and food security in more than 50 countries. He served on the UN Millennium Project Hunger Task Force (2004-6), the Senior Steering Group of the UN High Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis (2009-13), and the Technical Advisory Committee of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (2010-13). Prior to joining SIPA, Denning worked in international agricultural research for 24 years and held senior management positions at International Rice Research Institute and the World Agroforestry Centre. He received his B.Agr.Sc. and M.Agr.Sc. from the University of Queensland, his Ph.D. from the University of Reading, and his M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School.

  • Francis Annan is an Assistant Professor of Economics at UC Berkeley ARE, a J-PAL Affiliated Professor at MIT, the Scientific Lead and Co-Chair of the Retail Finance Distribution (ReFinD) Research Initiative at ISSER, and a Fellow at the Center for Development Economics and Policy (CDEP) and the Center for Environmental Economics and Policy (CEEP). Prior to UC Berkeley, Francis was an Assistant Professor of Economics, Risk, and Insurance at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. His research centers on development economics and microeconomic issues, with a focus on digital financial markets, insurance, and firms in sub-Saharan Africa, India, and the United States. Francis received his Ph.D. in Sustainable Development (Economics Track) from Columbia University.

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

    CDEP projects:

    Climate Change, Health and Gender Gaps in Human Capital Investment

  • Florian Grosset is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. His research interests are in Development Economics, with a primary focus on Labor and Environmental issues. A general theme in his work is how labor supply decisions in lower-income settings are driven by social and environmental factors. He usually approaches these questions by combining field work and applied microeconometric techniques. In recent work, he shows that pressure to share income with others distorts labor supply decisions, among factory workers in Cote d'Ivoire. Currently, he studies how network-based hiring affects job seekers' take-up decisions and productivity; and how the economic damages from weather shocks can propagate through workers' social networks. He holds an M.A. from the Paris School of Economics, and B.A.s from Sciences Po and the University of Lorraine.

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

  • 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.

  • Eugenia (Jenny) McGill is a Senior Lecturer and Interim Director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she directs the Workshop in Development Practice and teaches courses in methods for development practice and gender, politics and development. Her research interests include the social impacts of globalization, development interventions and development finance, particularly gender-related impacts. She also advises development organizations on gender and other social policy issues, and serves on the board of directors of East-West Management Institute and the oversight council of The School at Columbia University. Previously, she was a senior officer at Asian Development Bank and practiced law in New York and Hong Kong. She holds a JD from the University of Pennsylvania, MIA from SIPA, MAT from Northwestern and BA from Williams College.

  • Eric Verhoogen is Professor of Economics and of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. His primary research area is industrial development – empirical microeconomic work on firms in developing countries. A common theme is the process of quality upgrading by manufacturing firms, both its causes and its consequences. His work has been published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies, and other journals. He is currently serving as a Research Program Director of the International Growth Centre and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bureau for Research in the Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD). He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard, a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. His CV is available here; for more information, see his personal website.

    Prof. Verhoogen is co-director of the Center for Development Economics and Policy and is head of the Firms and Innovation Initiative.

    CDEP projects:

    How Do Managers' Beliefs about New Technologies Evolve?

    North-South Displacement Effects of Environmental Regulation: The Case of Battery Recycling

    Promoting High Impact Entrepreneurship in Mexico: A Randomized Evaluation

    Enlisting Workers in Improving Payroll-Tax Compliance: Evidence from Mexico

    Firm-Level Upgrading in Developing Countries

    Exports and Wage Premia: Evidence from Mexican Employer-Employee Data

    Organizational Barriers to Technology Adoption: Evidence from Soccer-Ball Producers in Pakistan

  • Douglas Almond is a Professor at Columbia´s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and its Department of Economics. Almond is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), co-directs Columbia's Center for Environmental Economics and Policy (CEEP), and is a visiting professor at Uppsala University in Sweden. Almond's research focuses on early childhood health, environmental economics, and China, where he studied the health effects of air pollution as a Fulbright scholar. Almond received his BA in Economics from Carleton College in Minnesota and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

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

    CDEP projects:

    Market Based Emissions Policies

  • David Alfaro-Serrano is an associate at Cornerstone Research and an invited professor at the Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina), where he teaches a master's level course on firm innovation in developing countries.  Previously, he worked for the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank on topics related to firm productivity and innovation policy.  David received a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University in 2020 with a dissertation centered on the impact of innovation subsidies in Peru.  He also holds a Master's degree in Economics from Universidad de San Andrés and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina.

  • 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.

  • Cristian (Kiki) Pop-Eleches is an Associate Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. He is an applied empirical economist whose research area is international education and health. His work explores how the quality and type of schools and school inputs affect educational and labor market outcomes; the effect of access to abortion and birth control methods on socio-economic outcomes of children; and the socio-economic impacts of HIV/AIDS in Africa. His research has been funded by the Spencer Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the World Bank, and has been published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. Prof. Pop-Eleches is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an affiliate of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 2003. His CV is available here, and you can find out more about his work on his personal website.

    Prof. Pop-Eleches is co-director of the Center for Development Economics and Policy and is head of the Human Capital Initiative.

    CDEP projects:

    Teacher-Student Interactions and Child Outcomes: Evidence from Romanian Secondary Schools

    Externalities and Complementarities of AIDS Prevention Interventions: Evidence from Malawian Secondary Schools

  • BooKang Seol is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Economic Development Policy at LSE. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University, and an MPA/ID (International Development) and a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University. His research interests are development, applied microeconomics, and economic history. Additional information can be found on his personal website.

  • Belinda Archibong is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her research areas include development economics, political economy, economic history, and environmental economics with an African regional focus. Her research investigates the role of historical institutions and environment in inequality of access to public services and the development of human capital. Some current research studies the effects of epidemics on gender gaps in human capital investment, the politics and economic burden of epidemic disease, and the impact of air pollution from gas flaring on human capital outcomes; with a focus on the ways in which institutions mitigate or exacerbate the impacts of climate change and environment on inequalities around gender and marginalized groups. Other works study the economics of prisons, the determinants of gender gaps in political participation, the links between taxation and public service provision and the drivers of gender gaps in labor markets in African countries. She is a faculty affiliate at Columbia University's Center for Development Economics and Policy (CDEP), The Earth Institute at Columbia UniversityInstitute of African Studies, the Institute for Research in African-American Studiesthe Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC), and the Center for Environmental Economics and Policy (CEEP).

    She joined the Barnard Economics faculty in 2015 and received a B.A. in Economics/Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development from Columbia University. Her CV and further information can also be found on her personal website.

    CDEP projects:

    Climate Change, Health and Gender Gaps in Human Capital Investment

    Historical Origins of Persistent Inequality

  • Ashna Arora is a Research Director at the University of Chicago Crime Lab. In this role, she works closely with public sector partners and oversees a portfolio of projects focused on improving the criminal justice system in the United States. She holds a PhD in Economics from Columbia University.

    Her CV and additional information is available on her website.

     

  • Anthony Louis D’Agostino is a Research Economist in the International unit of Mathematica. His work includes evaluations, cost-benefit analyses, and geospatial analyses of agriculture, environment, and natural resource conservation investments by clients such as USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation.

    Anthony  received his PhD (Sustainable Development) from Columbia University in 2017. Additional information can be found on his personal website.

  • Anja Benshaul-Tolonen is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Barnard College, Columbia University. She works on economic development. Her recent work focuses on the local welfare effects of natural resource extraction in Africa, including employment, women’s empowerment, health and criminality. She teaches Development Economics, and Women in Development Economics at Barnard College.  Prof. Tolonen is an external research member at Oxford Center for Analysis of Resource Rich Economies (OxCarre), UNESCO has funded her research and she has consultancy experience from the World Bank. She received her Ph.D. from University of Gothenburg in 2015 and has been a visiting researcher at University of Oxford and University of California at Berkeley.

    Additional information can be found on her web site.

    CDEP projects:

    Assymetric Information in the Household: Fathers and Child Welfare

    Schooling, Stigma and Periods Among Adolescent Girls in Eastern Africa

    African Mining Booms and Local Welfare

  • Andrea Prat is the Richard Paul Richman Professor of Business at Columbia Business School and Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics, Columbia University. After receiving his PhD in Economics from Stanford University in 1997, he taught at Tilburg University and the London School of Economics. Professor Prat's work focuses on organizational economics and political economy. His current research in organizational economics explores - through theoretical modeling, field experiments, and data analysis - issues such as incentive provision, corporate leadership, employee motivation, and organizational language. His current research in political economy attempts to define and measure the influence of the media industry on the democratic process. He served as Chairman and Managing Editor of the Review of Economic Studies. He is an Associate Editor of Theoretical Economics and a director of the Industrial Organization program of the Center for Economic Policy Research in London. Professor Prat was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2011 and a Fellow of the Econometric Society in 2013.

    CDEP projects:

    Improving the Effectiveness of Public Procurement

  • Alice Zhang is an Economist at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC while on leave from Washington and Lee University, where she is an Assistant Professor of Economics and an Affiliate Faculty of Environmental Studies. She combines economics, climate science, and data science to tackle climate and energy policy issues. Her current research focuses on two areas 1) climate change impact, mitigation, and adaptation; 2) distributional impacts of energy infrastructure and energy access. More broadly, she is interested in harnessing economics for social and environmental equity. 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.

  • Alex Eble is Assistant Professor of Economics and Education at Columbia’s graduate school of education, Teachers College. His research focuses primarily on two key themes: the economics of education in low-income contexts, and the economics of beliefs and information applied to education and inequality. He received his PhD in economics from Brown University, MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and BA from Indiana University, Bloomington.

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

    CDEP projects:

    Delivering early-grade education in pockets of extreme poverty

    Understanding the role of beliefs and information in shaping human capital

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