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.
- Janzen, Sarah A., William M. Thompson, Nicholas Magnan, and Sudhindra Sharma. (2015) "Social Drivers of Aspirations Formation and Failure in Rural Nepal," Selected paper, 2015 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association and Western Agricultural Economics Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, July 26-28.
- Janzen, Sarah A. and Michael R. Carter. (2015) "Social Protection in the Face of Climate Change: Targeting Principles and Financing Mechanisms."
- Janzen, Sarah A., (2015). "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.”
- 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.