Parallel session
Human capital

This section presents several studies about the effects of COVID-19 on human capital. The papers use different methodologies, provide insights for different countries, and complement each other. Abay et al. (2021) for Ethiopia and Dessy et al. (2021) for Nigeria, for example, make use of new data collected using phone surveys during the COVID-19 pandemic, while Bairagya et al. (2021) use online and offline data collection technics for India.  Buffie et al. (2021) develop a macroeconomic model, and Failache et al. (2021) use an administrative dataset for Uruguay. The results are pretty exciting and bring new insights about i) response fatigue in phone surveys; ii) macroeconomic impacts on low-income countries; iii) inequality among public and private schools; iv) children school resilience; and v) impacts on higher education. 

Rodrigo Oliveira | Chair

Rodrigo Oliveira is a Research Associate at UNU-WIDER working on tax-benefit microsimulation models. His research interests are development economics and applied economics, focusing on education, health, poverty, and inequality. He is on a leave of absence from his previous appointment as an economics professor at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) - Brazil. He has also worked as a research associate at Cidacs and CLEAR - FGV and as Coordinator of the Laboratory of Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Policies (LAPPE) at UFBA.

Horace Akim GninafonHorace Mahugnon Akim Gninafon | Presenter

Horace Gninafon is a Ph.D. student in Economics at the Université Laval in Canada. His research interests include the development economics, health and education economics, and public policy evaluation. Horace is also a researcher at the Economics for Data-Driven Development (ECON3D) where he works on issues related to income shocks and human capital accumulation.

Kibrom AbayKibrom Abay | Presenter

Kibrom A. Abay is a Country Program Leader/Research Fellow in the Development Strategy and Governance Division at IFPRI, based in Cairo. He is a development and agricultural economist with research interests covering rural development, agricultural transformation, urbanization, food and nutrition security, and behavioral economics. Most of his research involves impact evaluation methods. Some of his recent studies examine the behavioural and inferential implications of mismeasurement in household surveys. Much of his current research focuses on Africa South of the Sahara and the Middle East and North Africa region.

Indrajit BairagyaIndrajit Bairagya | Presenter

Indrajit Bairagya is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Human Resource Development at the Institute for Social and Economic Change in Bangalore, India. He specializes in research on the informal sector and informal employment, economics of education, applied econometrics, input-output analysis and computable general equilibrium modelling. In 2010 he was awarded the Nancy and Richard Ruggles Prize from the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth.

Elisa Failache MirzaMaría Elisa Failache Mirza | Presenter

Elisa Failache Mirza is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Applied Economics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, and researcher at the Inequality and Poverty team in Instituto de Economia at Universidad de la República in Uruguay.  

Christopher Adam | Presenter

Christopher Adam Christopher Adam is Professor of Development Economics at the University of Oxford. His research is on the macroeconomics of low-income countries, in particular those of Africa, with a focus on monetary economics and public finance; and growth and structural change in low-income countries. Christopher Adam is a Lead Academic for the International Growth Centre, working on Tanzania, Ethiopia and with the Responsive Policy Facility. He is also a Visiting Scholar at the International Monetary Fund as member of the FCDO-IMF research program on the macroeconomics of low-income countries.