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.
Cara is a postdoctoral 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).
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.
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).
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.
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.