I am an Assistant Professor in the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa and an Associate Member of the Centre for the Study of African Economies and of Nuffield College at the University of Oxford. I pursued graduate studies in Economics at the University of Mannheim, the University of California at Berkeley and Yale University, and received my Ph.D. degree from Yale University.
My research interests cover topics education and in the micro-economics of development. My recent research is focused on empowerment impacts of education, the impacts of using information technology for education in the US and in developing countries, the impact of orphan-hood and HIV/AIDS on educational outcomes of orphans, the impacts of conflict on firms, migration and rural labor markets, as well as the investment choices of households and individuals with respect to education.
My research is published in a peer-reviewed journal, the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics; as well as in academic working papers and policy research papers. Before coming to the University of Ottawa, I worked at the Centre for the Study of African Economies, Nuffield College, and the Department of Economics at Oxford.
India: I have just come back from a preparatory fieldwork trip to Uttar Pradesh, India, where I was doing some qualitative work with adult literacy participants. The differences in cognitive ability between literate and non-literate respondents were just striking. The women who had just finished the literacy program seemed "switched on" in terms of being able to understand instructions in a variety of activities and self-confidence.
The endline of my survey in Uttar Pradesh in India is now about to start on November 30th, 2013. We will be administering cognitive and non-cognitive tests to participants in the Tara Akshar literacy program, a program that seems particularly effective.
Ghana: A recent briefing paper on some of my work in Ghana is available here.
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