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

My research focuses on poverty and asset dynamics, and the structural foundations that prevent households from making critical investments necessary for improving livelihoods. I employ both theoretical and empirical methods, often with a focus on risk and uncertainty. Most of my empirical research stems from the design and implementation of highly collaborative international impact evaluations that rigorously seek to evaluate social protection policies and programs designed to protect vulnerable households in developing countries. Through my research, I seek to positively influence policies and programs designed to improve the welfare of poor households in developing countries, with a particular geographic focus on Kenya and Nepal.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Other Peer-Reviewed Publications

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.