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Berk Özler

Stephen KnowlesPHD (Cornell University, NY)

After receiving his Ph.D in Economics from Cornell University in 2001, Berk Ozler has worked as an economist and senior economist in the Development Research Group at the World Bank until 2013 before joining the University of Otago as an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics in April, 2013. He is a development economist with a broad range of interests in poverty, inequality, education, and health. He is currently a co-principal investigator for several randomized controlled field experiments in Malawi and Tanzania. His work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Public Economics, The Lancet, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. His work has been covered by the BBC, The Economist, The Financial Times, Freakonomics, The Guardian, National Public Radio, Newsweek, The New York Times, and Slate. He is one of the four researchers who founded the Development Impact blog and contributes to it regularly.

  

Contact Details

Office CO729
Tel 64 3 479 8643
Email berk.ozler@otago.ac.nz

 

Current Teaching

Curriculum Vitae

Berk's CV


Recent Working Papers

Girl Power: Cash Transfers and Adolescent Welfare. Evidence from a Cluster-Randomized Experiment in Malawi,” in S. Edwards, S. Johnson, D. Weil (editors), NBER Volume on African Economic Successes, University of Chicago Press, 2014, forthcoming. NBER Working Paper 19479. (with Sarah Baird, Ephraim Chirwa, and Jacobus de Hoop).

“The Heterogeneous Impacts of HIV Testing,” University of  Otago Economics Discussion Papers No. 1310. (with Sarah Baird, Erick Gong, and Craig McIntosh)

Selected Publications

“The Impact of Economics Blogs,” Economic Development and Cultural Change, forthcoming. (with David McKenzie)

“Income Shocks and Adolescent Mental Health,” Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 48(2), 2013, pp. 370-403. (with Sarah Baird and Jacobus de Hoop)

“Impact of a cash transfer program for schooling on prevalence of HIV and HSV-2 in Malawi: a cluster randomized trial,” The Lancet, Vol. 379(9823), 2012, pp. 1320-1329. (with Sarah Baird, Richard Garfein, and Craig McIntosh)

Authors’ reply to “Cash transfer scheme for reducing HIV and herpes simplex type 2,” correspondence in The Lancet, Vol. 380(9844), 2012, pp. 802. (with Sarah Baird, Richard Garfein, and Craig McIntosh)

“Examining the Reliability of Self-Reported Data on School Participation,” Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 98(1), 2012, pp. 89-93. (with Sarah Baird)

“Cash or Condition: Evidence from a Cash Transfer Experiment,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 126(4), 2011, pp. 1709-1753. (with Sarah Baird and Craig McIntosh)

“The Short-Term Impacts of a Schooling Conditional Cash Transfer Program on the Sexual Behavior of Young Women,” Health Economics, Vol. 19(S1), 2010, pp. 55-68. (with Sarah Baird, Ephraim Chirwa, and Craig McIntosh)

“Reinterpreting Between-Group Inequality,” Journal of Economic Inequality, Vol. 6(3), 2008, pp. 231-245. (with Chris Elbers, Peter Lanjouw, and Johan Mistiaen)

“Local Inequality and Project Choice: Theory and Evidence from Ecuador,” Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 92(5-6), 2008, pp. 1022-1046. (with M. Caridad Araujo, Francisco H.G. Ferreira, and Peter Lanjouw)

“Poverty Alleviation Through Geographic Targeting: How Much Does Disaggregation Help?” Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 83(1), 2007, pp. 198-213. (with Chris Elbers, Tomoki Fujii, Peter Lanjouw, and Wesley Yin)

“Not Separate, Not Equal: Poverty and Inequality in Post-Apartheid South Africa,” Economic Development and Cultural Change, Vol. 55(3), 2007, pp. 487-529.

“Toward Greater Global Equity,” Nordic Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 32, 2006, pp. 3-15. (with Giovanna Prennushi)

“Crime and Local Inequality in South Africa,” Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 76(2), 2005, pp. 265-292. (with Gabriel Demombynes)

“A Reassessment of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs,” World Bank Research Observer, Vol. 20(1), 2005, pp. 57-80. (with Jishnu Das and Quy-Toan Do)

“On the Unequal Inequality of Poor Communities,” World Bank Economic Review, Vol. 18(3), 2004, pp. 401-421. (with Chris Elbers, Peter Lanjouw, Johan Mistiaen, and Kenneth Simler)

“How Low Can You Go?  Combining Census and Survey Data for Mapping Poverty in South Africa,” Journal of African Economies, Vol. 11(2), 2003, pp.169-200. (with Harold Alderman, Miriam Babita, Gabriel Demombynes, and Nthabiseng Makhatha)


Chapters in Edited Volumes

“Transactional Sex in Malawi,” in S. Cunningham and M. Shah (editors), Handbook of the Economics of Prostitution, Oxford University Press, forthcoming. (with Sarah Baird)

“Exploring the Association between People and Deforestation in Madagascar,” in R. Cincotta and L. Gorenflo (editors), Human Population: Its Influences on Biological Diversity, Springer, 2011. (with Ken Chomitz, Catherine Corson, Larry Gorenflo, Grady Harper, and Miroslav Honzak)

“Administrative Data in a Study of Local Inequality and Project Choice: Issues in Interpretation and Relevance,” in S. Amin, J. Das, and M. Goldstein (editors), Are You Being Served? New Tools for Measuring Service Delivery, World Bank Publications, October 2007. (with Peter Lanjouw)

“Crime and Local Inequality in South Africa,” in H. Bhorat and R. Kanbur (editors), Poverty and Policy in post-apartheid South Africa, HSRC Press: Pretoria, September 2006. (with Gabriel Demombynes)

“Poverty and Inequality in Post-Apartheid South Africa: 1995-2000,” in H. Bhorat and R. Kanbur (editors), Poverty and Policy in post-apartheid South Africa, HSRC Press: Pretoria, September 2006. (with Johannes Hoogeveen)

“Are Neighbors Equal?  Estimating Inequality in Three Developing Countries,” in R. Kanbur, T. Venables (editors), Spatial Inequality and Development, Oxford University Press, 2005. (with Chris Elbers, Peter Lanjouw, Johan Mistiaen, and Ken Simler)

“Producing an Improved Geographic Profile of Poverty.  Methodology and Evidence from Three Developing Countries,” in R. van der Hoeven, A. Shorrocks (editors), Growth, Inequality, and Poverty – Prospects for Pro-poor Economic Development,  Oxford University Press, 2004. (with Gabriel Demombynes,Chris Elbers, Jean O. Lanjouw, Peter Lanjouw, and Johan Mistiaen)

 

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