I received my B.Sc. in Mathematics from Boğaziçi University in 1991, and my Ph.D in Economics from Cornell University in 2001. After working on poverty and inequality measurement, poverty mapping, and the 2006 World Development Report on Equity and Development earlier, I decided to combine my interest in cash transfer programs and HIV risks facing young women in Africa by designing a large cash transfer experiment in Malawi, the longer-term evaluation of which is still ongoing. I have since conducted a number of cluster-randomized field experiments. I am a co-founder of and a regular contributor to the Development Impact blog.

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