Team

Current active DENeB members

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Kim Fe Cramer

Instititution: Columbia University

Position: PhD Candidate in Finance

Email: kfc2118@columbia.edu

Webpage: Personal

Areas of expertise: Household finance, development economics

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.

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Cara Ebert

Instititution: 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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Sarah Frohnweiler

Instititution: 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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Ana Garcia-Hernandez

Instititution: NOVA SBE and WZB

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 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.

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Jana Hamdan

Instititution: 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

Instititution: 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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Annekatrin Schoofs

Instititution: 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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Helke Seitz

Instititution: German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Position: Post-doctoral Researcher

Email: hseitz@diw.de

Webpage: Personal and Institute

Areas of expertise: Development economics (growth of micro and small enterprises, financial literacy and behavior), labor economics

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.

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Gerardo Valderrama Segura

Instititution: 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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Vanessa Boese

Instititution: 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-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.

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Antonia Grohmann

Instititution: 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

Instititution: 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

Instititution: 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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Marrit Teirlinck

Instititution: 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.