Parallel session
Stated preferences, behaviour, and risk

This session explores how risks associated with Covid-19 affect observed behavior and stated preferences in the Global South. M. Hilmy and B. Archibong study revealed preferences using field experiments, while S. Amuakwa-Menza, J. Magat, and A. Sanchez employ traditional surveys.

M. Hilmy’s work utilizes a Covid-19 mutual aid platform in Indonesia. Using an economics experiment, it analyzes the effect of choice set size on donation, as well as the role of beneficiary characteristics. B. Archibong explores how randomized interventions which provide mobile calling credits affect mental health in a representative sample in Ghana. With a Geopoll survey, S. Amuakwa-Menza investigates the correlation between food stockpiling and worries on the local spread and economic impact of Covid-19 in selected African countries. Focusing on precarity and redistribution, J. Magat employed an online survey among Facebook users in Manila. Finally, A. Sanchez uses double list randomization embedded in a telephone survey. His methodology quantifies the effect of Covid-19 lockdowns in Peru on physical domestic violence experienced by young adults.


Klarizze Puzon | Chair

Klarizze Puzon is a Research Associate at UNU-WIDER. She is an applied economist who uses game theory, experiments (laboratory and artefactual field designs), and surveys as tools. Broadly speaking, her interests focus on the understanding of economic behaviour in the context of development and the environment. Her recent research includes topics on ethnic antagonism, political regime transitions, and conflict in natural resource-rich economies. She also has experience in organizing fieldwork in Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Janica MagatJanica Magat | Presenter

Janica Magat is a Doctoral Student in Political Science at Texas A&M University. Her research focuses on the political economy of state capacity and development, specifically enforcement and compliance in the informal sector. She is currently working on her dissertation that investigates informality as a political equilibrium in weak states, with a regional focus in West Africa and Southeast Asia. In addition, she is also interested in political methodology, specifically experimental methods and time series econometrics.

Belinda ArchibongBelinda Archibong | Presenter

Belinda Archibong is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her research areas include development economics, political economy, economic history and environmental economics with an African regional focus. She is a faculty affiliate at Columbia University’s Center for Development Economics and Policy, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, the Institute of African Studies, the Institute for Research in African-American Studies, the Columbia Population Research Center, and the Center for Environmental Economics and Policy.

Masyhur HilmyMasyhur Aziz Hilmy | Presenter

Masyhur Hilmy is a PhD student in Economics at Boston University. His research interests are in development, education, and political economy. Prior to graduate school, he worked for the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab Southeast Asia (J-PAL SEA) for three years. At J-PAL, he was involved in evaluations of social protection programs in Indonesia, including the national health insurance, a community block grant, and a social programme eligibility census.

Salome Amuakwa-MensahSalome Amuakwa-Mensah | Presenter

Salome Amuakwa-Mensah is a PhD candidate at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden, with the Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences. Her studies and research will be centered on Developmental and Environmental Economics. Salome has a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics and Management from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden.

Alan Sanchez | Presenter

Alan SanchezAlan Sanchez is a Senior Researcher at GRADE, Principal Investigator of the Young Lives Study in Peru, and Academic Visitor at the Oxford Department of International Development.