A talk with Severine Toussaert

On October 16th, 2017, Severine Toussaert gave a talk in the NOVAFRICA Seminar Series. Her seminar was entitled “Eliciting Temptation and Self-control Through Menu Choices: A Lab Experiment”. After the seminar the NOVAFRICA Student Group asked her a few questions about the paper she presented and her research in general. You can see the video... Read More

“Firm and Market Response to Saving Constraints: Evidence from the Kenyan Dairy Industry”

On Wednesday, October 18th, at 2.30pm, the NOVAFRICA Center welcomes Lorenzo Casaburi, from University of Zurich, to present his work. Authors: Lorenzo Casaburi (University of Zurich) Abstract: Failures in saving markets can spill over into other markets: When producers are saving constrained, trustworthy buyers can offer infrequent delayed payments, a saving tool, and purchase at... Read More

“Age of Marriage, Weather Shocks, and the Direction of Marriage Payments”

On Wednesday, October 25th, at 2.30pm, the NOVAFRICA Center welcomes Lucia Corno, from Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore International, to present her work. Authors: Lucia Corno (Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore International) Abstract: This paper studies how aggregate economic conditions affect marriage markets in developing countries where marriage is regulated by traditional customary norms. We... Read More

“Eliciting Temptation and Self-control Through Menu Choices: A Lab Experiment”

On Monday, October 16th, at 2.30pm, the NOVAFRICA Center welcomes Severine Toussaert, from London School of Economics, to present her work. Authors: Severine Toussaert (London School of Economics) Abstract: Unlike present-biased individuals, agents who suffer self-control costs as in Gul and Pesendorfer (2001) may choose to restrict their choice set even when they expect to resist temptation.... Read More

Migration as a wheel for change

Migration is ultimately an individual decision, with most gains and losses accruing directly to the individual migrant. Ideally the freedom to move to wherever one feels better equipped to provide a living for herself and her family should be taken as an absolute value. But there are of course practical considerations when hosting immigrants, particularly... Read More

My 2017 NOVAFRICA Internship in Cabo Delgado

The procedure could be compared to eating a 5 course menu at a multi-cultural cuisine and evaluating the exotic tastes without knowing anything about where the ingredients are coming from. Good chefs like to taste their ingredients personally before they cook with them. Having said this, working on the ground in Mozambique as a research field intern... Read More

VCW’17 Conference | October 9

NOVAFRICA endorses the “Innovation and Science for Social Impact” Conference organized by VCW on October 9, 2017. This conference will focus on projects and institutions working on innovation and science for social impact. Topics related to Teaching and Cooperation, Entrepreneurship, Organization and Funding of Social Projects will be discussed. This conference promises to be an excellent... Read More

NOVAFRICA Working Paper:
“Improving Access to Savings through Mobile Money: Experimental Evidence from Smallholder Farmers in Mozambique”

A new working paper has been added to the NOVAFRICA Working Paper Series. Written by Cátia Batista and Pedro Vicente this paper analyzes the access to savings through Mobile Money. Title: Improving Access to Savings through Mobile Money: Experimental Evidence from Smallholder Farmers in Mozambique Authors: Catia Batista and Pedro Vicente Abstract: Investment in improved agricultural inputs... Read More