Transitions to adulthood: education, skills, and labor market outcomes
Principal Investigator David Ezra Sahn
David E. Sahn is an International Professor of Economics in the Division of Nutritional Sciences and the Department of Economics at Cornell University. For more information, please check here.
Co-Principal-Investigator Kira Villa
Kira Villa received her PhD in Applied Economics from Cornell University in 2014 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She is an applied microeconomist with research interests in the areas of food, nutrition, health, and human development in the context of poverty and economic development. Currently her research focuses on the effects of personality, cognition, and shocks on education and labor market outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is also researching child development and the mechanisms linking early childhood well-being to later life outcomes in a developing country context.
Co-Principal-Investigator Francesca Marchetta
After having obtained her Ph.D. in Development Economics at the University of Florence in 2008, Francesca Marchetta was a Jean Monnet Post-Doc Fellow at the European University Institute.
From November 2010 to September 2012 she was post-doc at CERDI, University of Auvergne, where she is now Assistant Professor.
Her main area of research interest is human development, with special focus on economic migration, education, labor market and gender.
She has published on Economic Development and Cultural Change, World Development, Journal of Development Studies, Canadian Journal of Development Studies and Middle East Development Journal.
Co-Principal-Investigator Abou Kane
Dr Abou Kane is a Professor of economics at University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar (UCAD) and Researcher at CREA. He holds a PhD in Economics from UCAD through an international program for 18 African francophone countries called: Programme de Troisième Cycle Interuniversitaire en Economie (PTCI). His is specialized in Applied Microeconomics and is mainly interested in labour market, education and health. He mainly teaches Microeconomics, education economics and labour economics. He was the coordinator of the project DEMTREND in Senegal.
Co-Principal-Investigator Catalina Herrera
Catalina Herrera is Assistant Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Northeastern University. She received her PhD in Applied Economics from Cornell University. Her main field of research is development economics, with a primary focus on the micro-econometric analysis of population, health and education issues in Sub Saharan Africa and Latin America. As a Hewlett Foundation/IIE PhD Dissertation Fellow, she studied: i) the causal impact of teenage pregnancy on young women’s schooling and cognitive skills in Madagascar as well as the role of reproductive health policies in increasing female human capital; ii) the role of maternal cognitive ability in improving children’s health in Madagascar and iii) the childhood determinants of youth internal migration in Senegal. Catalina holds a B.A and M.A in Economics from Universidad de los Andes (Bogota, Colombia). She has worked for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, in Washington D.C., and the Public Policy Evaluation Directorate in Colombia’s Ministry of National Planning. Please click here for Dr. Catalina Herrera's personal website.
Research Assistent Kira Villa
I am currently a 4th year PhD student at Cornell University. My fields of interest are development and labor economics. More specifically, I am interested in the dynamics of human capital accumulations and the decisions (marriage, fertility, migration and labor market choices) young people in developing countries make when transitioning into adulthood. Current research includes internal migration among senegalese youth and the effects of Koranic schooling on formal school attainment and cognitive skills.
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