Current active DENeB members
Kim Fe Cramer
Kim Fe is a PhD Candidate in Finance at Columbia University. Her research focuses on household finance in developing countries. In her job market paper, she studies the impact of access to banks on household resilience to shocks. She is additionally a co-author on a field experiment in Kenya on microinsurance.
Cara is a post-doctoral researcher at RWI. She investigates sociocultural barriers to human capital development as well as effective interventions to promote skill development and reduce gender discrimination. Cara collects primary data and runs randomized controlled trials in addition to quasi-experimental identification techniques. She has conducted her research in India, Indonesia, Kenya and Uganda. Cara has worked at The National Team for the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction in Jakarta, as a consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and as a consultant for the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ).
Sarah studied Development Economics at the University of Bayreuth and the Georg-August-University of Göttingen. Since August 2020 she is a researcher at RWI Berlin. As a development economist Sarah’s research focuses on the field of migration and labor markets as well as health. She is currently involved in a set of rigorous impact evaluations in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire mandated by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as part of its Special Initiative on Training and Job Creation. Her recent work further includes an impact evaluation of a newly constructed general hospital in Managua, Nicaragua.
Ana is a Ph.D. student in Economics at NOVA University in Lisbon and a Research Fellow in the Political Economy of Development research unit at WZB Berlin. She is a Development Economist interested in Political Economy and Behavioural Economics with a focus on gender. Ana is currently working on understanding how increasing political voice of women in developing countries affects community outcomes. She is also working on exploring the effect of decreasing the cost of transportation to school for girls in rural Zambia on educational and empowerment outcomes.
Jana is a research associate at DIW Berlin. As part of her PhD, she uses experimental methods both in the laboratory and in the field and is most interested in financial decision-making and digital finance. Currently, she works on an impact evaluation study, analyzing the effectiveness of a financial training to improve mobile money use and financial outcomes of small business owners in Uganda.
Lukas is a researcher at PIK's Research Department 2 (Climate Resilience) and since 2020 a doctoral student in Agricultural Economics at the Humboldt University Berlin. Lukas holds a MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a MSc in Economics from the Free University of Berlin. Since 2020, Lukas is an active member of DENeB. His research interests are the socio-economic consequences of climate change as well as climate adaptation strategies.
Anne’s research is focused on financial development at the household level, impact evaluation, microfinance, financial education, household bargaining, decision making, and individual preferences. She uses both experimental and non-experimental methods. Some of her recent work includes impact evaluations of financial education provision by CARE Canada, a housing finance project by Habitat for humanity, technology supported agricultural finance services by KCB Group and MasterCard Foundation, and testing innovative methods to improve financial access for women in cooperation with the University of Connecticut and Innovations for Poverty Action. She has conducted her research in several sub-Saharan Africa countries, including Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Helke studied economics at the Free University of Berlin and at the University of Lund, Sweden. From October 2013 to November 2016, she worked as an academic assistant at the Chair of Empirical Economics and has been working at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ever since. She successfully completed her doctorate in January 2019 with the dissertation "Essays in Labor Economics and Entrepreneurship" at the University of Hannover. Her current research interests are in the area of development economics, especially in the area of financial education and small business development. Furthermore, she deals with the implementation and evaluation of interventions (Randomized Controlled Trials) in the area of financial education.
Gerardo Valderrama Segura
Gerardo is a master student of International Business and Economics at the Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences in Germany. He has carried out studies in Belgium at the HEC Liège Management School and at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. He is currently working in the monitoring and evaluation of programs and projects within the development cooperation context. His research interests lie in the intersection between economics, politics, institutional analysis and sociology. His current research work focuses on the influence of cognitive and normative economic and social ideas and discourses on public policy and institutions in Peru.
Former active DENeB members
Veronika Bertram focusses on disaster risk financing to build resilience in developing countries. In her current role as Pr Portfolio Manager at KfW Development Bank, she manages climate risk financing projects such as the African Risk Capacity (ARC). She is a strong supporter of holistic disaster risk management and disaster risk financing solutions. During her PhD, she analyzed the welfare impacts of weather risk insurance on post-disaster recovery in the case of pastoral households in rural Mongolia. She obtained her PhD in 2015 from Leibniz University Hannover as part of the DIW Graduate Program. Veronika was part of the founding members of DENeB, whose idea - to support and inspire development research in the Berlin area - arose from a discussion among PhD researchers on the margins of a seminar at Griebnizsee in 2013.
Vanessa is a post-doctoral researcher at the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She obtained her PhD in economics summer 2019 at Humbolt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. Her thesis "Why Democracy Matters: An Economic Perspective" covers how to (not) measure democracy in quantitative studies; macro-economic models of trade, development, democracy and peace, as well as panel data methods.
Antonia is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Aarhus and DIW Berlin. She works on questions regarding household financial decisions making in developing countries. As part of her PhD she investigated the causes and consequences of financial literacy. More recently, she is interested in the reasons behind high levels of debt and in repayment behavior. Antonia has conducted work based in Thailand, Uganda and Tanzania.
Instititution: German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), Humboldt-University Berlin
Position: Associate Researcher and PhD Candidate
Areas of expertise: Weather-related disasters, food security, innovative financial services (mobile money), applied microeconometrics, impact evaluation
Katharina's research focuses on questions at the intersection of climate change and development applying rigorous microeconometric techniques. In particular, she is interested in the consequences of extreme weather events for households in developing countries, including adaptation and coping strategies. In addition, she investigates the contribution of new technological developments (mobile money) to the welfare of the poor. She is involved in the collection of a large household-level panel dataset in Mongolia as well as the implementation and analysis of randomized controlled trials in Uganda. Furthermore, she is interested in new approaches to analyzing large datasets (machine learning in particular).
Amma Panin is an assistant professor of economics at UCLouvain. She studies how risk and uncertainty shape economic decision making in developing countries, with a particular interest in how religious institutions shape beliefs about economic risk. She obtained her PhD in 2018 as part of the BDPEMS program, and was a Research Fellow at the WZB. Before assuming her current position, Amma was a postdoc at the Nuffield College Centre for Experimental Social Sciences and a consultant economist in the World Bank's Africa Region Office of the Chief Economist. Amma was part of the team of PhD students and postdocs who started DeNeb in 2013.
Marrit is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at Humboldt University of Berlin and currently a visiting PhD student at Harvard Kennedy school, Evidence for Policy Design. Her research interests lie in the area of behavioral economics, development economics, and public economics. In particular, she has been working on several projects related to charitable giving. She is currently studying how information provision on tax benefits for charitable giving alters donation behavior. In a collaborative research project she examines how charitable giving responds to natural disasters. Furthermore, she is also working on a randomized evaluation of a conditional school grant program in Afghanistan with the aim to improve school attendance of girls.