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  • Doctor of Philosophy in Economics, Cornell University, June 1999

  • Master in Economics, Cornell University, June 1997

  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Université de Liege, Belgium, 1995


Previous Positions Held

  • Associate Professor, Georgetown University, 2007-2018

  • Assistant Professor, Georgetown University, 2003-2007

  • Assistant Professor, University of California at Irvine, 1999-2003

  • Visiting Faculty, Department of Economics, Aix-Marseille School of Economics, May-July 2016, 2018, 2019, June-July 2021

  • Visiting Faculty, Development Research Group of the World Bank, Spring 2011

  • Visiting Assistant Professor in Economics, M.I.T., Spring 2007

  • Visiting Assistant Professor in Economics, University College London, Spring 2003

  • Visiting Assistant Professor in Economics and International Affairs, Princeton University, 2001-2002

  • Visiting Assistant Professor in Economics, New York University, Summer 2000 and 2002

  • Cornell Food and Nutrition Policy Program (C.F.N.P.P.) 1996-98: Research Assistant.

  • World Bank 1997: Summer Intern, to study incentive competition among countries for Foreign Direct Investments.

  • Central Bank of Belgium, Operations in Foreign Currencies 1996: Summer Intern.

  • University of Liege: Teaching Assistant for Intermediate Microeconomics Springs 1994 and 1995; Teaching Assistant for Intermediate Macroeconomics Fall 1995; Research Assistant for Economic History Fall 1994


  • Analytical Tools for Pol Economy (Undergraduate), Georgetown University, Fall 2016.

  • Program Evaluation (Undergraduate), Georgetown University, Springs 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

  • Intermediate Microeconomics (Undergraduate), Georgetown University, Fall 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2018 Spring 2013 and 2014.

  • Development Economics (Undergraduate), Georgetown University, Falls 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2017; Springs 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018.

  • Development Economics (PhD), Georgetown University, Fall 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012, 2015 Spring 2009.

  • Tutorial in Development Economics, Spring 2008

  • Foundations of Development Policy, MIT, Spring 2007

  • Microeconomics: Workshop, Fall 2005 & Spring 2006

  • Development Economics (MSFS), Georgetown University, Spring 2004, 2005 & 2006

  • Decision under Risk & Uncertainty, (Undergraduate), UC-Irvine, Winter 2003

  • Development Economics (Graduate), UC-Irvine, Winter 2003

  • Economic Analysis of Development- advanced (MPA), Woodrow Wilson School: Spring 2002

  • Economic Analysis of Development (basic) (MPA), Woodrow Wilson School: Spring 2002

  • Economics of Development, (undergraduate), Princeton University, Fall 2001

  • Contract Theory (graduate), UC-Irvine, Spring 2000 & Winter 2001

  • Development Economics (undergraduate), UC-Irvine, Spring 2000, Winter 2001 & 2003

  • Honors Intermediate Microeconomics (undergraduate), UC-Irvine, Fall 1999 & 2000

  • Intermediate Microeconomics (undergraduate), UC-Irvine, Fall 2000

Seminars & Conference Presentations

Invited Seminars at the Department of Economics of

  • Cornell University, ITAM, University of Montreal, Concordia University, University of Quebec in Montreal, the Tinbergen Institute, the research group of the World Bank, Southern Methodist University, University of Toronto, University of Southern California, Delta/Inra (Paris), University of Chicago, Princeton University, University of California Santa Barbara, University of California Berkeley, Cornell University, Institute of Advanced Study, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ECARE (Brussels), Caltech University, Georgetown University, Penn State University, Cornell University, Oxford University, ZEI (Bonn), Yale University, World Bank, Princeton University, Boston University, George Washington University, Ohio State University, University of Virginia, London School of Economics/University College London, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Essex University, Georgetown University, the IDB, the department of agricultural economics at the University of Maryland, the Center for Global Development, Edinburgh University, George Washington University, Boston University, MIT, Georgetown University, the World Bank, University of Maryland, George Mason University, the World Bank - Social Protection & Labor, the University of Washington in St Louis, Bocconi University, IIES at Stockholm University, Minneapolis Federal Reserve, Yale University, IFPRI, Michigan State University, American University, University of Michigan, New York University, Stanford University, Iowa State University, University of British Columbia, Princeton University, Toulouse School of Economics, Aix-Marseille School of Economics, Columbia University, George Washington University, Harvard University, Cornell University.

Invited Conference presentations:

  • DC PEC workshop, Georgetown University, October 2019

  • Behavioral and Inequality Conference, Edinburgh University, May 2019.

  • EDI conference, Paris School of Economics, May 2019

  • Conference on Identity, Université de Namur, December 2018

  • Kaushik Basu 65th Birthday Conference, Delhi School of Economics, December 2017

  • EDI conference Namur 2017

  • AMSE Workshop in Development Economics, University of Aix-Marseille, May 2016

  • 7th International Conference on Migration and Development Oxford University, June 2014.

  • Barriers to Development: The Interplay between External Constraints and Individual Preferences,” Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), May 2014.

  • ThRed Conference, Oslo, June 2013

  • Conference on Networks, Cambridge University, December 2012

  • CIDE-ThReD conference, Mexico, October 2012

  • Mini-conference on Networks, Brown University, May 2012

  • Theory and Empirics of Risk-Sharing; Toulouse, October 2009

  • Microfoundations of Development Conference at LSE, May 29-30 2009

  • Conference on Development Theory; El Colegio de Mexico, December 2008

  • LAMES/LACEA meetings, Rio de Janero, November 2008.

  • Inequality and Development; workshop, University of Namur, May 2007.

  • ASSA meetings, Chicago, January 2007.

  • European Summer Symposium in Economic Theory Gerzensee, July 2006.

  • Third Mini-conference in Development, CIRPEE, Quebec City, February 2006.

  • SED conference, Budapest, June 2005

  • ASSA meetings, Philadelphia, January 2005

  • Networks, Behaviour and Poverty Workshop, Oxford University, December 2004.

  • Second Mini-conference in Development, CIRPEE / UQAM Montreal, February 2004.

  • SITE summer institute, Stanford University, June 2003

Conference presentations:

  • ThRed Conference, Bocconi, June 2018

  • Journee Louis Andre Gerard Varet, Aix June 2018

  • 13th Annual Conference on Economic Growth and Development, Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi, December 2017

  • World Congress of the Econometric Society, Montreal, August 2015

  • Meeting of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality (ECINEQ), Bari, July 2013

  • Northeastern Universities Development Consortium, Dartmouth University, November 2012.

  • Northeastern Universities Development Consortium, Yale University, November 2011.

  • Northeastern Universities Development Consortium, Boston University, November 2008.

  • Northeastern Universities Development Consortium, Cornell University, September 2006.

  • 2005 World Congress of the Econometrics Society, London, August 2005.

  • Northeastern Universities Development Consortium, HEC University, Montreal, October 2004.

  • Annual Meetings of the Society for Economic Dynamics, Firenze, July 2004

  • Northeastern Universities Development Consortium, Yale University, October 2003.

  • South West Economic Theory Conference, UCLA, March 2003.

  • Annual Meetings of the Society for Economic Dynamics, New York University, June 2002

  • North American Summer Meetings of the Econometric Society, College Park, June 2001.

  • Development Conference on Formal and Informal Credit, Savings and Insurance Markets in Developing Countries, UC-Irvine, February 2001

  • Northeastern Universities Development Consortium, Cornell University, October 2000

  • 2000 World Congress of the Econometrics Society, Seattle, August 2000

  • XII World Congress of the International Economic Association, Buenos Aires, August 1999

  • XVII Latin American Meeting of the Econometric Society, Cancun, August 1999

  • Northeastern Universities Development Consortium, Yale University, November 1998

Other Professional Membership and Activities

  • Economic Development and Institutions research network, member of the Thematic Group Family Gender and Conflict, 2016-

  • Member of the Jury for the Infosys Prize in Social Sciences 2016

  • External Member of the World Bank Research Management Committee 2013-

  • Organizer, Formal and Informal Institutions to Cope with Risk and Credit in Developing Countries; University of California at Irvine, February 9-10, 2001.

  • Member of the American Economic Association.

  • Associate Editor for the Journal of Development Economics 2010-2013.

  • Associate Editor for the Berkeley Electronic Journal for Theoretical Economics 2006-.

  • Referee for the NSF, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Earhart Foundation and Blackwell Publishing

  • Referee for:

the American Economic Review, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Econometrica, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Economic Journal, Economica, Economics and Politics, Economics of Governance, International Economic Review, Journal of African Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of the European Economic Association, Public Choice, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Rand Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Dynamics, Review of Economic Studies, Review of Economics and Statistics, Theoretical Economics, the World Bank Economic Review, and World Development.

  • Excellence in Refereeing Award, American Economic Review (for 2013-2015).

Grants, Awards and Honor

  • NSF grant SES-1851758 “Aspirations, Inequality and Social Conflict”, 2019-2021

  • EDI grant “Aspirations in Economics, a review“, June 2017

  • EDI grant "Land Rights and Village Councils in Tanzania", June 2017

  • IGC grant "The Impact of Incentives and Monitoring on the Performance of Public Extension Staff", May 2017

  • Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) grant from the i2i fund at the World Bank, November 2016

  • Russell Sage Foundation Grant Measuring Upward Mobility;€ July 2012.

  • Competitive Grant-in-Aid, Georgetown University, Spring 2008 and Fall 2009.

  • International Collaborative Research Grant, Georgetown University, June 2004 and 2006.

  • Junior Faculty Research Fellowship, Georgetown University, Fall 2004.

  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation: Research and Writing Grant, 2002/03.

  • Sage Graduate Fellowship, Cornell University, 1994/95 and 1998/99.

  • Distinction for Qualifying Examinations in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics at Cornell University.

  • ALDLG Prize 1995 for undergraduate thesis Fertility, Welfare and Family Policy.

  • Royal Academia Award for Economic Policy 1996 for undergraduate thesis €œFertility, Welfare and Family Policy, Liege, 1995.

  • Highest Honors and Congratulation from the Jury for B.A. in Economics at the University of Liege.