Montana State University

Sarah Janzen, Ph.D.


Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172920
Bozeman, MT 59717-2920

Tel: (406) 994-3714
Fax: (406) 994-4838

Location: 303 Linfield Hall



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Economic Development, Asset and Poverty Dynamics, Risk and Uncertainty

My research interests ultimately stem from a desire to inform and influence policies that can positively impact the global poor.  I currently co-lead a project in Nepal looking at the welfare impacts of an asset transfer program.  I’m also working on several measurement papers- including how best to measure child labor and aspirations.   Ongoing research has focused on microinsurance as a risk management and poverty reduction tool.  In general, my research focuses on poverty dynamics and the structural foundations that keep households from making critical investments necessary for improving livelihoods.

Working Papers

Janzen, Sarah A., (2014). "Child Labor Measurement: Who Should We Ask?"

Janzen, Sarah A., and Michael R. Carter, (2013). “After the Drought: The Impact of Microinsurance on Consumption Smoothing and Asset Protection,” NBER Working Paper No. 19702.

Janzen, Sarah A., Michael R. Carter and Munenobu Ikegami, “Valuing Asset Insurance in the Presence of Poverty Traps.”

Policy Briefs

Carter, Michael R. and Sarah A. Janzen (2012). “Coping with Drought: Assessing the Impact of Livestock Insurance
in Kenya
,” I4 Index Insurance Innovation Initiative Brief 2012-01.