The World Bank, USA
IZA World of Labor role
Lead Economist, The World Bank, USA
Consumer and household finance, behavioral economics, entrepreneurship, supply chain finance, financial institutions
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Lead Economist, The World Bank (2011–); Senior Economist, The World Bank (2002–2011); Economist, The World Bank (1998–2002)
PhD Financial Economics, Stern School of Business New York University, 1998
“Financial literacy and financial resilience: Evidence from around the world.” Financial Management 49:3 (2019): 589–614 (with A. Lusardi).
“Workplace signaling and financial commitment: Evidence from a field experiment.” AEA Papers and Proceedings 108 (2018): 438–443 (with E. Breza and M. Kanz).
“Improving financial access for entrepreneurs in developing countries: Evidence from a series of experiments with commercial bank loan officers.” Journal of Finance 70:2 (2015): 537–575 (with S. Cole and M. Kranz).
“Measuring financial inclusion: Explaining variation across and within countries.” Brookings Papers on Economic Activity (2013): 279–340 (with A. Demirguc-Kunt).
“Entry regulation as a barrier to entrepreneurship.” Journal of Financial Economics 82:3 (2006): 591–629 (with L. Laeven and R. Rajan).
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