BERI Funded Researchers


Ashraf.000Nava Ashraf

Nava Ashraf is an Associate Professor in the Negotiations, Organizations, and Markets Unit at Harvard Business School. Her research tests insights from behavioral economics in the context of global development. She also conducts research on questions of intra-household decision making in the areas of finance and fertility. Her recent field experiments have been carried out jointly with the Ministries of Health and Education in Zambia in the areas of health services delivery and educational investment. Ashraf also has an ongoing BERI project in Zambia.


bairdSarah Baird

Sarah Baird is an Associate Professor of Global Health and Economics in the Department of Global Health, George Washington University. Her research focuses on the microeconomics of health and education in developing countries with an emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa. She has worked on the schooling and health of young women in Malawi, community-driven development in Tanzania, deworming in Kenya, and global infant mortality. She received her Ph.D. in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley in 2007. Baird has an ongoing BERI project in Malawi.


carney_danaDana Carney

Dana Carney is an Associate Professor at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. Her research interests include social judgment, decision making, nonverbal communication, social cognition, power and influence, prejudice and discrimination. Carney has an ongoing BERI project with Paul Gertler in Uganda.



Jsiteheaderessica Cohen

Jessica Cohen is Assistant Professor of Global Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, Affiliated Professor at the Jameel-Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and Burke Fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute. Her research applies the methods of program design, randomized trials, and impact evaluation to maternal and child health programs and policies in sub-Saharan Africa.



thumb_gertlerPaul Gertler

Paul Gertler is a Professor of Business Administration at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Gertler’s research explores health, childhood development, and micro-finance in developing countries. He has also conducted field research on health care payment systems in Rwanda, conditional cash transfers in Mexico, aging in Bangladesh, and contraception and fertility in Indonesia. Gertler is a member of the BERI executive committee and has an ongoing project in Uganda.



Anne-Karing-150x150Anne Karing 

Anne Karing is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research is in development and behavioral economics, with a focus on social influence. Prior to Berkeley, she worked with Innovations for Poverty Action and the Centre for the Study of African Economies in Kenya, Sierra Leone and Uganda. Anne holds a B.A. and M.Phil. in Economics from the University of Oxford.



mandmMargaret McConnell

Margaret McConnell is Assistant Professor of Global Health Economics at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her current research combines behavioral economics with field and laboratory experiments to understand and evaluate policies designed to change health and savings behaviors.




Craig McIntosh

Craig McIntosh is a Professor of Economics at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, UC San Diego.  His main research interest is the design of institutions which promote the provision of financial services to micro-entrepreneurs. He is currently working on research projects investigating how to boost savings among the poor, on whether schooling can be used as a tool to fight HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa, and on mechanisms to improve the long-term viability of Fair Trade markets. McIntosh has an ongoing BERI project in Malawi.




Nancy Padian

Nancy Padian is an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. She earned her undergraduate degree in Child Development and Education at Colgate University, her M.S. at Syracuse University, and M.P.H. and Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. Padian primarily focuses on AIDS research with an ongoing BERI project in Zimbabwe.



PrintLauren Ralph

Lauren Ralph is currently pursuing her PhD in Epidemiology. Her research interests include the behavioral and cultural aspects of reproductive health, program evaluation, and adolescent and young adult health. Ralph is currently conducting an ongoing BERI project with Nancy Padian in Zimbabwe.




 Manisha Shah

Manisha Shah is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs. Her work investigates the influence of economic incentives on risk behavior choices and health outcomes in developing countries. Shah has conducted field research in Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, India, and Indonesia, studying topics ranging from sex markets to maternal labor supply. Shah is also a member of the BERI executive committee.


BERI Affiliated Researchers

thumb_Pascaline_DupasPascaline Dupas

Pascaline Dupas is an Associate Professor of Economics at Stanford University. Her areas of research are applied microeconomics and development economics. Dupas also founded TAMTAM Africa, a non-profit organization which provides insecticide treated nets to pregnant women through rural prenatal clinics. She is currently conducting field experiments in health, education, and microfinance in Kenya, Ghana, and Morocco.



FriedmanWilla Friedman

Willa Friedman is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Houston. Her research interests include health, education, and participation in violence, with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Friedman received an exploratory BERI grant to collect data from Population Services International on condom distribution. This data, along with Demographic and Household Surveys, will be used to determine whether early access to condoms among those who are beginning to be sexually active can encourage condom-use later in life.



ManianShanthi Manian

Shanthi Manian is currently pursuing her PhD in Economics at the University of California, San Diego with a focus on behavioral economics. Manian received an exploratory grant from BERI to explore Grameen Foundation’s Mobile Technology for Community Health (MOTECH) program in Ghana.



BERI Staff

Abigail Sellman, 

Abigail Sellman is the BERI Program Coordinator at CEGA, where she supports BERI’s research grant competition and dissemination activities. Prior to CEGA, Abigail assisted an implementation evaluation of South Africa’s Expanded Public Works Programme at the Economic Policy Research Institute. She holds a BA in Economics and a BA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and plans to attend graduate school for a Masters in Economic Development at the University of Cape Town later this year.


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