Alexandra Avdeenko

I am Research Director and Head of the Monitoring and Evaluation Unit at the Center for Evaluation and Development (C4ED). I am affiliated with the Chair of Econometrics, Department of Economics at the University of Mannheim, focusing on the design and implementation of randomized control trials in developing countries. In my research I work in the field of Applied Microeconomics, in particular on Political Economy, Development Economics and Economics of Crime.

In March 2020, I have initiated a working group to quickly identify COVID-19-related challenges and needs in developing countries. Under the Rapid COVID-19 Evidence for Rapid Action initiative, a close cooperation of implementers, researchers, and the government shall bring together actors whose goal it is to coordinate in order to identify and prevent the spread of COVID-19, with a focus on rural and hard-to-reach areas. The objective of this effort is to

  1. visualize and provide real-time information on incidents to track and assist the timely stop of COVID-19;
  2. raise awareness as well as identify and stop the spread of false information;
  3. support referrals to medical care and promote remote medical counseling via medical hotlines;
  4. analyze and share frequent statistical analysis on COVID-19-related outcomes and urgent socio-economic needs in order to identify and mobilize timely responses.

All data collection is remote, using mobile phone applications. Preliminary results and the tools from the first surveys in Pakistan are available upon request (avdeenko... at I encourage NGOs/UN agencies to reach out to me in case you need support or would like to extend the initiative to your areas of operation.

Update: This initiative is now funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).


My work has been published in the American Political Science Review, The World Bank Research Observer, the Scandinavian Journal of Economics, the European Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, and World Development.

Published/ Under Review

  • Research Standards in Empirical Development Economics: What's Well Begun, is Half Done (with M. Frölich), forthcoming in World Development. DOI:
  • Underconfidence and the Use of Persuasive Messages in the Attainment of Savings Goals (with A. Bohne and M. Frölich), forthcoming in Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. DOI:
  • Long-Term Evidence of Retrospective Voting: A Natural Experiment from the German Democratic Republic. European Economic Review, 103, April 2018. DOI:
  • Intergenerational Correlations of Extreme Right-Wing Party Preferences and Attitudes toward Immigration (with T. Siedler) Scandinavian Journal of Economics, April 2017. DOI:
  • International Interventions to Build Social Capital: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Sudan (with M. Gilligan) American Political Science Review, 2015, 109 (03), 427–449. DOI: awarded: African Politics Conference Group Best Article in African Politics published in 2015 (issued by the American Political Science Association)
  • Measuring Violent Conflict in Micro-level Surveys: Current Practices and Methodological Challenges (with T. Brück, P. Justino, P. Verwimp, A. Tedesco), The World Bank Research Observer, 2015.

Working Papers

available upon request

  • How informed is consent? Evidence from a Field Experiment (PAP submitted).
  • On the Malleability of Risk Preferences: Evidence from an Extreme Weather Event.
  • How important are Firm Visits for High School Students? Evidence from a Randomized-Control Trial.
  • Promoting Micro and Small Enterprises through Improved Entrepreneurs’ Access to Financial Services (microfinance in Indonesia).
  • Humanitarian Aid and Natural Disaster: An Impact Evaluation in Pakistan. Endline report with selected findings:
  • The Freedom of Others: On Behavioral Responses to Mass-Releases from Prison in the German Democratic Republic (East Germany).
  • Muslim Adolescents and Authority.

Ongoing Impact Evaluations

Selected Reports

  • Etude de faisabilite d'une evaluation d'impact selon la methode aleatoire du programme CLE au sein des instituts de formation professionnelle de l'OFPPT (with O. Briand & M. Frölich).
  • Identifying Conflict and Violence in Micro-Level Surveys (with T. Brück, P. Justino, P. Verwimp), IZA Discussion Paper, 5067, 2010. Background paper to the World Development Report 2011.


American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science, European Economic Review, Economic Journal, Public Choice, The Scandinavian Journal of Economics


Invited: [12/2019] Promoting Value-Added Financial Services, Jakarta; [09/2019] Forum Mondial Convergences 2019, Paris; [06/2019] Policy Evaluation Summer School 2019, Geneva; [05/2019] Conference Campbell Collaboration/DEval, Bonn; [11/2017] World Bank’s Jobs Gateway in South Eastern Europe community of practice, WebEx [06/2017] Evaluation Conclave, Thimphu; [9/2016] Expert Group Meeting on the Evidence Base for Accelerated Action to End Child Marriage in South Asia (UNFPA, UNICEF), WebEx [5/2016] University of Freiburg, Freiburg; [11/2015] Evaluation Conclave, Kathmandu.

Conferences: [06/2017] AEL conference, DIW, Berlin; [08/2017] EEA & ESEM; [6/2017] “What works? The effectiveness of youth employment programs”, RWI, Berlin; [6/2017] European Society of Population Economics (ESPE), Glasgow; [5/2017] Verein f¨ur Socialpolitik, Research Committee Development Economics, G¨ottingen; [9/2014] European Association of Labour Economists (EALE), Ljubljana; [9/2014] Verein f¨ ur Socialpolitik, Hamburg; [8/2014] European Meeting of the Econometric Society (ESEM), Toulouse; [7/2014] 11th International German Socio-Economic Panel User Conference (Poster), Berlin; [6/2014] International Association of Applied Econometrics (IAAE), London; [6/2014] European Society of Population Economics (ESPE), Braga; [8/2013] European Economic Association (EEA), Gothenburg; [6/2013] European Political Science Association (EPSA), Barcelona; [6/2013] European Society of Population Economics (ESPE), Aarhus.

Workshops: [8/2014] 5th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences (Participation), Lindau; [12/2013, 5/2013, 5/2014] 1st-3rd PhD Workshop in ‘Empirische Arbeitsmarkt- und Sozialforschung’ at the University of Hamburg, Hamburg; [02/2014] Meeting of DIW Berlins Scientific Advisory Board (Poster), Berlin; [3/2013] 9th International Young Scholar German Socio-Economic Panel Symposium at the Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg, Delmenhorst; [3/2013] 2nd Potsdam PhD Workshop in Empirical Economics (Poster) at the University of Potsdam, Potsdam; [3/2013] 1st Warwick Economics PhD Conference at the University of Warwick, Coventry, [3/2013] 3rd Workshop Arbeitsmarkt und Sozialpolitik at Ifo Dresden, Dresden; [11/2012] Behavioral Economics for AFR Economists; Poster selected for presentation by E. Tadesse (Senior Operations Officer Social Protection) at the World Bank, Washington; [6/2012] Change in Political Attitudes: Panels and Experiments at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona; [5/2012] Causal Inference and the Study of Conflict and State Building at the Princeton University, Princeton; [7/2011] Berlin Network of Labor Market Researchers (BeNA) at RWI Berlin, Berlin; [4/2011] Global DIME Workshop for Impact Evaluation of Agricultural Adaptation, Dakar; [6/2010] A Micro Level Analysis of Violent Conflict (MICROCON) Workshop 2010, Ghent; [6/2010] The Behavioural and Cultural Foundations and Consequences of Violence, Household in Conflict Network Workshop, Lisbon; [2/2010] The Global Costs of Conflict Workshop (Discussant), DIW Berlin, Berlin.

Organization: [2019] Introduction to Systematic Reviews in International Development; [2018/9] 4th Frankfurt-Heidelberg-Mannheim (FHM) Development Economics Workshop; [2017] Rigorous Empirical Research in Development Economics; [2015] Introduction to Impact Evaluation: UNICEF Pakistan, UNICEF India, OPAPP Philippines; [2013/4] Brown Bag of the Socio-Economic Panel Study, DIW Berlin, Berlin; [2014] International Young Scholar Socio-Economic Panel Symposium (SOEP), Delmenhorst; [2013] Berlin Network of Labor Market Researchers (BeNA) Lecture Series with Daniel Hammermesh, University of Humboldt, Berlin.