Maya Duru

Comparative Political Economy of the Development; Safety nets; Quantitative Methods; Africa; Latin America

Dissertation Title: The Politics of Economic Risk

Description: My dissertation analyzes how farmers in developing countries manage climate risk. The design of government-provided insurance and safety nets impacts farmers’ risk-management options. I explore this dynamic through a USAID funded project in Ethiopia and with the World Bank in Mexico. To study this topic, I conducted in-depth interviews in the field and analyzed panel survey and budget data. Using propensity score matching and other quasi-experimental methods, I show that public insurance substitutes for private and informal risk-management options. Furthermore, results demonstrate that provision of insurance by governments makes insurance susceptible to politically motivated targeting.

Committee: Craig McIntosh (co-chair), Stephan Haggard (co-chair), Clark Gibson, Julie Cullen, Megumi Naoi