Oxfam Professor in Environmental and Resource Economics, University of California, Berkeley
Edward Miguel is Oxfam Professor in Environmental and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 2000. Born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, he earned S.B. degrees in both Economics and Mathematics from MIT, and received a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow. Ted's main research focus is African economic development, including work on the economic causes and consequences of violence; the impact of ethnic divisions on local collective action; and interactions between health, education, and productivity for the poor. He has conducted field work in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and India.
Ted is a Faculty Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Associate Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Development Economics and Review of Economics and Statistics, recipient of the 2005 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and winner of the 2005 Kenneth J. Arrow Prize awarded annually by the International Health Economics Association for the Best Paper in Health Economics. Ted is a regular commentator on NPR's Marketplace. His first book, Economic Gangsters: Violence, Corruption, and the Poverty of Nations (coauthored with Ray Fisman), was published by Princeton University Press in October 2008.
Recent work by Edward Miguel
To what extent do the poorest rural households in sub-Saharan Africa benefit from residential electrification investments?
RCTs have revolutionised development policy, but do the interventions that work in the short run have a benefit 10 or 20 years later?
Ensuring sufficient investment to establish reliable access to comprehensive basic services, beyond electricity, is needed for impacts to be achieved
How is global warming likely to impact our behaviour and how we interact with one another?
Kenya's work connecting rural communities to the national electricity grid allows us to examine the impact of electrification on people's...
Cities don't make workers (much) more productive, but productive workers move to cities