Team

Current active DENeB members

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Raavi Aggarwal

Institution: Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC), Technical University Berlin

Position: Researcher and PhD Candidate

Email: aggarwal@mcc-berlin.net

Webpage: Institute

Areas of expertise: Environmental and Development Economics, Applied Microeconomics, Structural Econometrics

Raavi is a PhD candidate at the MCC Berlin, where she focuses on the economic impacts of climate change mitigation policies and their role in sustainable development, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa. She works on models of consumer demand and conducts welfare analyses, using structural micro-econometric methods. She is further interested in analysing patterns of structural change, productivity gaps between the formal and informal manufacturing sectors, and green industrial policies in India. Raavi studied economics, with a focus on environment and development, at the Paris School of Economics, University College London and the University of Delhi.

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Cara Ebert

Institution: Leibniz Institute for Economic Research (RWI, Berlin office)

Position: Post-doctoral Researcher

Email: Cara.Ebert@rwi-essen.de

Webpage: Institute

Areas of expertise: Development economics, family economics, gender, human capital

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).

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Katharina Fietz

Institution: World Bank (Social Protection and Jobs Unit)

Position: Research Analyst (ETC)

Email: kfietz@worldbank.org

Webpage: Institute

Areas of expertise: Labor and development economics, social protection systems

Katharina is currently a Research Analyst at the World Bank’s Social Protection and Jobs Unit for Latin America and the Caribbean. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Nova School of Business and Economics. At the World Bank Katharina mainly works on projects based in Brazil by analyzing the social assistance and social insurance systems of the country. Further, she works on economic labor market modeling studying taxation of labor. Katharina is interested in development and labor economics and aims to pursue a PhD in this field.

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Sarah Frohnweiler

Institution: Leibniz Institute for Economic Research (RWI, Berlin office)

Position: Researcher and PhD Candidate

Email: sarah.frohnweiler@rwi-essen.de

Webpage: Institute

Areas of expertise: Development economics, impact evaluation, migration economics, labor economics

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.

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Jana Hamdan

Institution: German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), Humboldt-University Berlin

Position: Researcher and PhD Candidate

Email: jhamdan@diw.de

Webpage: Institute

Areas of expertise: Development economics, household finance, behavioral economics

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.

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Lukas Mogge

Institution: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

Position: PhD Candidate

Email: mogge@pik-potsdam.de

Webpage: Institute

Areas of expertise: Climate adaptation, weather shocks, index insurance, Mongolia

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.

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Florian Anselm Münch

Institution: Technical University of Berlin

Position: PhD Candidate

Email: f.muench@tu-berlin.de

Webpage: Institute

Areas of expertise: Experimental impact evaluation of government support programs for firms, export promotion, solar energy development, public procurement

Florian's research focus lies at the intersection of industrial and innovation economics, development economics and public economics. Specifically, he is interested in the use of experimental and quasi-experimental statistical methods to estimate the impact of public policy, in particular industrial policy, on sustainable development. Current research projects relate to export promotion and quality upgrading of SMEs in Tunisia, public auctions for solar energy diffusion in India and sustainable public procurement in Costa Rica.

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Chantal Pezold

Institution: Humboldt-University Berlin and WZB

Position: Master student

Email: chantal.pezold@wzb.eu

Webpage: Institute

Areas of expertise: Political economy, climate-induced migration, violence and conflict

Chantal is a student of Economics (M.Sc.) at Humboldt-University Berlin and a research assistant at the WZB Social Science Center Berlin. At the WZB, she is part of the “Institutions and Political Inequality” research group, led by Macartan Humphreys, where she mainly assists projects with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Chantal has ongoing co-authored projects with a focus on climate-induced migration and the long-run effects on destination areas, including effects on violence and conflicts. She is planning to pursue a Ph.D. after spending part of her master's program at the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE).

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Annekatrin Schoofs

Institution: Leibniz Institute for Economic Research (RWI, Berlin office), University of Passau

Position: Researcher and PhD Candidate

Email: Annekathrin.Schoofs@rwi-essen.de

Webpage: Institute

Areas of expertise: Development economics, impact evaluation, development finance and behavioural economics

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.

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Gerardo Valderrama Segura

Institution: Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences

Position: Master student

Email: gam.valderrama@outlook.com

Webpage: Personal

Areas of expertise: Business and economic development, political economy, productivity and management

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

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Veronika Bertram

Institution: KfW Development Bank

Position: Pr. Portfolio Manager

Email: veronika.bertram@kfw.de

Webpage: Personal

Areas of expertise: Disaster risk financing, climate risk analysis, climate risk mainstreaming

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.

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Vanessa Boese

Institution: Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Position: Post-doctoral Researcher

Email: vanessa.boese@v-dem.net

Webpage: Personal

Areas of expertise: Political economy, development economics, conflict and peace economics

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-University 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.

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Ana Garcia-Hernandez

Institution: Universidad del Rosario and Innovations for Poverty Action Colombia

Position: Research Fellow and Post-doctoral Researcher

Email: ana.garcia-hernandez@wzb.eu

Webpage: Personal and Institute

Areas of expertise: Development economics, political economy, behavioral economics, and gender

Ana is a postdoc at the Universidad del Rosario and Innovations for Poverty Action Colombia. Previously she was 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.

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Antonia Grohmann

Institution: Aarhus University, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Position: Post-doctoral Researcher

Email: agrohmann@econ.au.dk

Webpage: Institute

Areas of expertise: Development economics, financial economics, behavioral economics, gender

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.

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Katharina Lehmann-Uschner

Institution: German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), Humboldt-University Berlin

Position: Associate Researcher and PhD Candidate

Email: klehmann@diw.de

Webpage: Institute

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).

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Amma Panin

Institution: Université catholique de Louvain

Position: Assistant professor

Webpage: Personal

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.

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Helke Seitz

Institution: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Position: Junior Policy Analyst

Email: helke.seitz@oecd.org

Webpage: Personal

Areas of expertise: Labor economics (education, labor supply), development economics (growth of micro and small enterprises, financial literacy and behavior)

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. She joined the OECD Centre for Skills in 2021.

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Marrit Teirlinck

Institution: Humboldt-University Berlin

Position: Researcher and PhD Candidate

Email: m.teirlinck@hu-berlin.de

Webpage: Personal

Areas of expertise: Behavioral economics, development economics, public economics

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.