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.
- Thompson, William M., Sarah A. Janzen, Nicholas P. Magnan, and Sudhindra Sharma. (2015). "Social Drivers of Aspirations Formation and Failure in Rural Nepal." (2015).
- Carter, Michael R. and Sarah A. Janzen. (2015). "Social Protection in the Face of Climate Change: Targeting Principles and Financing Mechanisms." World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7476.
- Janzen, Sarah A. (2015). "Child Labor Measurement: Whom 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. (2015). “Asset Insurance Markets and Chronic Poverty.”
- Janzen, Sarah A., Nathaniel D. Jensen, and Andrew G. Mude. "Targeted Social Protection in a Pastoralist Economy: Case Study from Kenya"
- 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.