University of Georgia, USA, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Assistant Professor, University of Georgia, USA
Development economics, labor economics, political economy
PhD Economics, University of Michigan, 2014
“Ethnic self-identification of first-generation immigrants.” International Migration Review 41:3 (2007): 769–781 (with K. F. Zimmermann and A. Constant).
“Human capital and ethnic self-identification of migrants.” Economics Letters 98:3 (2008): 235–239 (with L. Gataullina, A. Constant, and K. F. Zimmermann).
“Reconsidering gender bias in intra-household allocation in India.” Journal of Development Studies 48:1 (2012): 151–163.
Public works programs in developing countries have the potential to reduce poverty
The success of public works programs in reducing poverty depends on their design and implementation—in practice, they do better as safety netsLaura Zimmermann, May 2014Public works programs in developing countries can reduce poverty in the long term and help low-skilled workers cope with economic shocks in the short term. But success depends on a scheme’s design and implementation. Key design factors are: properly identifying the target population; selecting the right wage; and establishing efficient implementation institutions. In practice, rationing, corruption, mismanagement, and other implementation flaws often limit the effectiveness of public works programs.MoreLess