Katrina Kosec EDUCATION Stanford University

Katrina Kosec
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
2033 K Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
Telephone: (202) 862-4663 | Email: [email protected]
EDUCATION
Stanford University
Ph.D. in Political Economics, 2006 –2011
Dissertation: The Political Economy of Publicly-Provided Goods
Committee: Caroline Hoxby, Seema Jayachandran, Saumitra Jha, and Romain Wacziarg
M.A. in Economics, 2006 –2008
Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service
B.Sc. in International Political Economy, 1999 –2003
Magna cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Outstanding Honors Thesis Award
HONORS AND AWARDS
 Lead P.I., 3ie Social Protection Thematic Window Grant, “Evaluating the Effectiveness of a CommunityBased Conditional Cash Transfer Program in Tanzania” ($612,000), 2012-2013
 International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Strategic Innovations Fund Award ($50,000), 2012
 Time Warner Cable, Award from Research Program on Digital Communications ($20,000), 2011
 Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) Dissertation Fellowship, 2010 – 2011
 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (Economics), 2006 – 2010
 Best Paper Award, NYU Alexander Hamilton Center for Political Economy Conference, 2008
 Fulbright Fellowship for research in Ecuador, 2003
 Outstanding Undergraduate Honors Thesis Award (School of Foreign Service), 2003
 Toyota Community Scholars Award ($20,000 scholarship in recognition of community service), 1999-2003
PUBLICATIONS
 “Relying on the Private Sector: The Income Distribution and Public Investments in the Poor” (2014). Journal
of Development Economics, Vol. 107, pp. 320-342.
 “The Child Health Implications of Privatizing Africa’s Urban Water Supply” (2014). Journal of Health
Economics, Vol. 35, pp. 1-19.
 “Heat Stress Increases Long-term Human Migration in Rural Pakistan” (2014). Nature Climate Change, Vol.
4, pp. 182-185. (with Valerie Mueller and Clark Gray)
 “Community-Based Conditional Cash Transfers in Tanzania: Results from a Randomized Trial” (2014).
World Bank Study. (with David K. Evans, Stephanie Hausladen, and Natasha Reese)
 “Federal Competition and Economic Growth” (2013). Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 93, No. 1, pp. 144159. (with John Hatfield)
 “Malnutrition, Child Health, and Water Quality: Is There a Role for Private Sector Participation in South
Asia?” (2012). CESifo Economics Studies, Vol. 58, No. 2, pp. 450-470.
 “Early Child Education: Making Programs Work for Brazil's Most Important Generation” (2012). World
Bank Study. (with David K. Evans)
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 “Has Private Participation in Water and Sewerage Improved Coverage? Empirical Evidence from Latin
America” (2009). Journal of International Development, Vol. 21, No. 3, pp. 327-361. (with George
R.G. Clarke and Scott Wallsten)
 “Public or Private Drinking Water? The Effects of Ownership and Benchmark Competition on U.S. Water
System Regulatory Compliance and Household Water Expenditures” (2008). International Journal of
Industrial Organization, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 186-205. (with Scott Wallsten)
 “What Affects the Quality of Economic Analysis for Life-Saving Investments?” (2007). Risk Analysis, Vol.
26, No. 3, pp. 641-655. (with Robert W. Hahn, Peter J. Neumann, and Scott Wallsten)
 “The Iraq War: The Economic Costs” (2006). The Milken Institute Review, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 16-23. (with
Scott Wallsten); cited by The Economist (2006) and The New York Times (2007).
 “The Ones Who Preserve Our Identities: Women, Children, and Plan Colombia” (2003). Cultural Survival
Quarterly, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 46-48.
RESEARCH PAPERS IN PROGRESS
 “Local Environmental Quality and Inter-Jurisdictional Spillovers” (Under review; with John Hatfield)
 “Productivity Shocks, Aspirations and the Role of Social Protection: Evidence from Rural Pakistan” (Under
review; with Cecilia Mo)
 “Frontline worker monetary incentives and household education and socioeconomic status influence
utilization of health and nutrition interventions in Bihar, India” (Under review; with Rasmi Avula,
Stephanie Hausladen, Brian Holtemeyer, Purnima Menon, and Parul Tyagi)
 “The Effects of Decentralization on Agricultural Service Delivery: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity
Design in Ethiopia” (with Tewodaj Mogues)
 “The Effects of Political Competition on Rural Land: Evidence from Pakistan” (with Syed Hamza Haider,
David Spielman, and Fatima Zaidi)
 “The Health Impacts of Community-Based Conditional Cash Transfers: Evidence from Tanzania” (with
Brian Holtemeyer and David K. Evans)
 “Economic Development and Social Tensions: An Experimental Test of Tocqueville’s Thesis in Rural
Pakistan” (with Cecilia Mo)
EXPERIENCE
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Development Strategy and Governance
Division
Post-Doctoral Fellow (joint with Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab – South Asia), 2011 – 2012
Research Fellow, 2012 – Present
The World Bank, Human Development Group, Latin America and the Caribbean Region
Consultant, 2009 –2011
Stanford University
Research Assistant, 2007 –2011
 Professor Saumitra Jha, 2009
 Professor John Hatfield, 2008 –2011
 Professor Seema Jayachandran, 2008 –2010
 Professor Romain Wacziarg, 2007 –2008
Teaching Assistant, 2008 - 2009
(Professors Ernesto Dal Bó and Keith Krehbiel)
The AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies
Research Associate, 2004 –2006
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The World Bank, Development Research Group
Research Assistant, 2003 –2004
The Center for Documentation of Human Rights (Quito, Ecuador)
Researcher, 2002
U.S. Department of State (Quito, Ecuador)
Economic & Political Sections Intern, U.S. Embassy, 2001
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
2014
Workshop on Political Institutions and Inclusive Development organized by the German Development
Institute (DIE) and the Hertie School of Governance
2013
CSAE Conference: Economic Development in Africa (Oxford University), Population Association of
America Annual Meetings (New Orleans, LA), Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting
(Los Angeles, CA), Northeast Universities Development Consortium (NEUDC) Conference
2012
CSAE Conference: Economic Development in Africa (Oxford University), MPSA Conference
(Chicago, IL), Legatum Institute Charles Street Symposium 2012 (invited – London, England),
European Association of Agricultural Economics 130th Seminar (Uppsala, Sweden)
2011
Wharton Business School (invited), University of Virginia Department of Economics (invited),
University of Virginia Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy (invited), University of
Washington Evans School of Public Affairs (invited), Notre Dame Department of Economics (invited),
International Food Policy Research Institute (invited), Center for Global Development (invited),
PACDEV Conference (UC, Berkeley), University of New Mexico (invited), LACEA Political Economy
Group Conference, CESifo Summer Institute on Malnutrition in South Asia (invited – Venice
International University), International Symposium on Early Child Development (invited – São Paulo,
Brazil), Northeast Universities Development Consortium (NEUDC) Conference
2010
BREAD summer workshop (University of Verona, Italy), The World Bank Brazilian Brownbag (invited
– Washington, DC), The World Bank LAC Human Development Group (invited – Washington, DC),
Business Strategy and the Non-Market Environment Conference (Northwestern University), Stanford
Center for Latin American Studies (invited – Stanford University), MPSA Conference (Chicago, IL),
APSA Conference (Washington, DC), Stanford University (Department of Economics)
2009
PACDEV Conference (San Francisco State University), MPSA Conference (Chicago, IL), ISNIE
Conference (University of California, Berkeley), Stanford Economics Department Presentation of
Applied Micro Research for Newly-Admitted Students (invited – Stanford University)
2008
Alexander Hamilton Center for Political Economy Graduate Student Conference (New York
University), Stanford Political Economics Group Seminar (Stanford University), Ronald Coase Institute
Workshop on Institutional Analysis (Peking University)
2007
Stanford Political Economics Group Seminar (Stanford University), Stanford Institute for Economic
Policy Research Policy Forum Conference (Stanford University)
2006
AEI Economic Perspectives on the Iraq War Conference (invited – Washington, DC)
PERSONAL INFORMATION
Nationality: United States
Languages: English (native), Spanish (fluent)
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