“Social Networks, Reputation and Commitment: Evidence From A Savings Monitors Experiment”

On Wednesday, October 19th, at 2.30pm, the NOVAFRICA Center welcomes Emily Breza from Columbia University to present her work. Authors: Emily Breza (Columbia University) Abstract: We study whether individuals save more when information about their savings is shared with another village member (a “monitor”). We focus on whether the monitor’s effectiveness depends on her network position. Central... Read More

“Child Height and Intergenerational Transmission of Health: Evidence from Ethnic Indians in England”

On Monday, October 10th, at 2.30pm, the NOVAFRICA Center welcomes Alessandro Tarozzi from Universitat Pompeu Fabra to present his work. Authors: Alessandro Tarozzi (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) Abstract: A large literature documents a widespread prevalence of small stature among Indian children as well as adults. We show that a height gap relative to a richer population such as... Read More

2016 NOVAFRICA Conference on Economic Development in Africa

On the 14th and 15th of July, NOVAFRICA held a conference on innovations and challenges of economic development in Africa. The conference, in which renowned researchers from international universities participated, reported on current initiatives and research projects in development economics, as well as hosted a policy roundtable with representatives from the Portuguese government, the private... Read More

” Eliciting Maternal Subjective Expectations about the Technology of Cognitive Skill Formation”

On Wednesday, June 22nd, at 2.30pm, the NOVAFRICA Center welcomes Flávio Cunha, from Rice University to present his work on maternal investments and early childhood development. Authors: Irma Elo Jennifer Culhane Flávio Cunha Abstract: We formulate a model of early childhood development that includes maternal subjective expectations (MSE) about the technology of skill formation. The model explores how MSE... Read More

“Gender and Agency Within the Household: Experimental Evidence from Pakistan”

On Thursday, June 16th, at 4.00pm, the NOVAFRICA Center welcomes Marcel Fafchamps, from Stanford University to present his work on intra-household decision making and women empowerment in Pakistan. Author: Uzma Afzal Giovanna d’Adda Marcel Fafchamps Abstract: Theoretical and empirical work on intra-household decision making capture empowerment through bargaining weights given to individual preferences, and infer such weights from... Read More

“The War at Home: Long-Run Individual Level Origins of Domestic Violence”

On Wednesday, May 25th, at 2.30pm, the NOVAFRICA Center welcomes Tilman Brück, from the International Security and Development Center to present his work on the origins of domestic violence in Angola. Author: Tilman Brück Abstract: This paper studies the long-run individual-level origins of perpetrating intimate partner violence. Using self-collected survey data from Angola, we demonstrate... Read More