Washington and Lee University, USA, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Associate Professor of Economics, Washington and Lee University, USA
Labor economics, health economics, development economics, population and household economics, economics of transition, program evaluation
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Consultant, World Bank, Washington DC (1997–2006); Consultant, United Nations, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre (2001–2002)
Visiting Research Scholar, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne (2016); Assistant Professor of Economics, Washington and Lee University (2006–2012); Visiting Researcher (“Departmental Guest”), Department of Economics, Princeton University (2010)
PhD Economics, The George Washington University, USA, 2006
"A teenager in love: Multidimensional human capital and teenage pregnancy in Ghana." The Journal of Development Studies (Forthcoming).
“The winner takes it all: Internal migration, education and wages in Ethiopia.” Migration Studies 3:3 (2015): 417–437 (with C. Ruggeri Laderchi).
“Literacy and numeracy skills and education sector reform: Evidence from Ghana". Education Economics 22:2 (2014): 209–235.
”Staying alive: Adult literacy programs and child mortality in rural Ghana." World Development 42:1 (2013): 114–126.
“Literacy, skills and welfare: Effects of participation in adult literacy programs.” Economic Development and Cultural Change 60:1 (2011): 17–66 (with C. Pörtner).
Adult literacy programs in developing countries
While mostly missing their primary objectives, adult literacy programs can still improve key socio-economic outcomesNiels-Hugo Blunch, July 2017In addition to the traditional education system targeting children and youth, one potentially important vehicle to improve literacy and numeracy skills is adult literacy programs (ALPs). In many developing countries, however, these programs do not seem to achieve these hoped for, ex ante, objectives and have therefore received less attention, if not been largely abandoned, in recent years. But, evidence shows that ALPs do affect other important socio-economic outcomes such as health, household income, and labor market participation by enhancing participants’ health knowledge and income-generating activities.MoreLess