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Labor Migration and Structural Change in Rural Labour Markets

Principal Investigator Taryn Dinkelman

Taryn Dinkelman is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College. Her research focuses on labor markets and human capital in developing countries.

Dr. Dinkelman's current work exploits historical natural experiments combined with newly digitized archival data to examine long run impacts of circular migration in Africa on local economic development outcomes. In several projects in Chile, she uses large-scale field experiments to explore how providing information (about financial aid, career possibilities, and school performance) to parents and children can improve education outcomes. Her research has been published in leading journals, including the American Economic Review, The Review of Economics and Statistics and the Journal of Development Economics.

Dr. Dinkelman received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2008 and her M.Comm. from the University of the Witwatersrand. She previously worked as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Princeton University and has held visiting research positions at Yale University and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is a Faculty Research Fellow at the NBER and a Research Affiliate at BREAD, the CEPR and IZA.


 Co-Principal-Investigator Grace Kumchulesi                                       

Grace Kumchulesi received her PhD in Economics from the University of Cape Town in 2010 and her M.A. in Economics from the University of Malawi in 2005. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Population Council headquarters in New York and has lectured Economics at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Malawi.

Her broad area of research interest is in reducing poverty and she is specifically interested in studying policies that affect the future of adolescent girls, who are at a crossroads on the path their futures.


Co-Principal-Investigator Martine Mariotti

Martine Mariotti received her PhD From the University of California, Los Angeles in 2008 and her M. Comm. from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Her research focuses on the economic and social effects of discrimination in South Africa during apartheid. Her research has been published in leading journals, including Economic Development and Cultural Change, the Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, and the Economic History Review.


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