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Program Director: Sylvie Lambert is a Chaired Professor at the Paris School of Economics (PSE), and Senior Researcher (directrice de recherche) at the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE). Her research focusses on the analysis households’ behaviour in developing countries, with particular focus on agriculture and land economics, household economics, poverty, gender, social mobility and inequality. Sylvie works mainly in the sub-Saharan African context, where she collected several household surveys. On the one hand, she studies fertility choices, fostering and marital trajectories, as well as intra-household allocation of resources. On the other, she participates to the evaluation of the introduction of a new agricultural technology (improved seeds) and its impact on production choices, nutrition and poverty.

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Pierre Bachas is an economist in the Development Research Group (DECRG) at the World Bank. He received a PhD in Economics from UC Berkeley in 2016. He’s also an International Research Associate at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. His research interests are in Public Finance, Financial Inclusion and Development Economics.

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Denis Cogneau is a Professor at Paris School of economics (PSE) and Senior Research Fellow at the French Research Institute for Development, IRD, and at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). He has a PhD from EHESS and a higher degree in statistics and economics from ENSAE (France). His past works deal with the distributive impact of social and economic policies in Sub-Saharan Africa. His current research projects have to do with the political economy of colonialism, and the economic development of Africa over the long term.

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Karen Macours is a Chaired Professor at the Paris School of Economics (PSE), and Senior Researcher (directrice de recherche) at the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE). Her research focusses on agricultural productivity and rural poverty reduction in developing countries, impact assessment related to agricultural R&D, the evaluation of programs addressing households’ productive and human capital investments (early childhood, health, nutrition, education) and related measurement and methodological questions.
She currently serves as the chair of the CGIAR’s Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA), co-chair of the health sector and board member of JPAL (Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab), member of the board of directors of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Market Risk and Resilience and of BREAD (Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development), and is an affiliate of CEPR (Center for Economic Policy Research) and EUDN (European Universities Development Network).
She is co-editor of the Journal of Development Economics, and associate editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, and co-organizer of the Virtual Development Economics Seminar Series: VDEV/CEPR/BREAD.
She previously was associate professor of international economics at SAIS-Johns Hopkins University. She received her MS in Agricultural Engineering from the K.U. Leuven and her PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Suanna Oh is an Assistant Professor at the Paris School of Economics. Her research is at the intersection of development and behavioral economics. She uses lab-in-the-field experiments to study the impact of cultural norms and conditional of poverty on labor market behaviors. She received the Distinguished CESifo Affiliate Award in Behavioral Economics in 2021 and holds a PhD from Columbia University (2020).


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