About me

Assistant Professor, KDI School of Public Policy and Management

Research Affiliate, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

email: merfeld at kdis.ac.kr

My research and teaching interests include the microeconomics of development -- especially labor, agriculture, and productivity -- applied microeconometrics, labor markets in developing countries, and poverty. I am particularly interested in how market failures affect household and individual resource allocation decisions. Some of my research has looked at the effects of public works programs, non-farm entrepreneurship, agriculture, and structural transformation. My work centers on both South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

I received my Ph.D. from the University of Washington (UW). I also have a MS from UW, a MPP from Georgia State University, and a B.A. from the University of Georgia.