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Prof. Dr. Nathan Fiala

Researcher in the research department "Climate Change and Development"

Prof. Dr. Nathan Fiala

Nathan received his PhD in economics from the University of California, Irvine. He is currently an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut, honorary senior lecturer at Makerere University in Uganda, and a associated researcher at RWI in Essen, Germany. He was previously a post-doctoral fellow at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and has consulted for the World Bank, UN, and various government and ministry offices across Africa.

Nathan’s research focuses on growth and development, which includes work on micro-enterprise development, cash grants, microfinance, business skills training, agricultural supply chains and community based anti-corruption programming. His methodological approaches include randomized control trials and behavioral lab-in-the-field experiments. He has conducted his research in several sub-Saharan Africa and Asian countries, including Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Myanmar and India, as well as Paraguay.

Nathan’s work has been published in several top academic journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Economic Journal, World Development, Economic Development and Cultural Change and others. He also published a book on impact evaluation methods with the World Bank and has published in Scientific American, a popular science magazine. His work has been mentioned in media outlets such as The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, Forbes, Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, and The Economist.

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Prof. Dr. Nathan Fiala

RWI - Leibniz-Institut für
Hohenzollernstraße 1-3
D - 45128 Essen

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