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Economic Development, Asset and Poverty Dynamics, Risk and Uncertainty, Behavioral Economics

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

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.