Annemie Maertens



Welcome to my homepage.


I am a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics at the University of Sussex.

I am a development and agricultural economist. I study poverty in rural communities around the world.    

I am particularly interested in how people learn about their environment and situation, and how this learning then impacts behavior. I ask questions, such as:  How do farmers learn from each other and from experts about new agricultural technologies?; And how does this learning affect their uptake of these technologies?;  How do parents learn about the quality of their children, and how does this affect their investment in their education? I am also interested in social norms, and the effects they may have on behavior and the society more general.  Within this topic, I studied gender in India, and addressed: How do social norms of early marriage affect investment in education of girls and the wellbeing of their offspring later in life?  What determines these social norms of marriage, and what are the effects of the extended family norm?  And, can adult literacy programs targeting women change these social norms?    

To answer these questions I collect household data, often combined with lab-in-the-field experiments or Randomized Controlled Trials.  I greatly enjoy fieldwork; it allows me to be creative and ask questions typically unasked in standard surveys, and the close interaction with households gives me a deeper understanding of the relevant issues, and also provides inspiration for future research.

For my information on my current and past research projects (including questionnaires and data) see my research page

Contact information:

Jubilee Building 260

University of Sussex

Falmer, Brighton

 Phone: 01273 -  678840


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