Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Zurich
Lorenzo Casaburi is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich. His research focuses on two main agendas. In the first, he focuses on agricultural markets in Sub-Saharan Africa, with an emphasis on market structure and agricultural finance. Recent papers in this area study the impact of saving constraints on agricultural markets and the design of novel agricultural insurance products for smallholders. In the second, he looks at state capacity, with an emphasis on tax enforcement. Recent work in this area includes a paper on the impact of tax enforcement policies on voting behavior in Italy and ongoing collaboration with the Kenya Revenue Authority. His research has been funded by several institutions, including USAID, DFID, IGC, 3ie, and JPAL. Lorenzo holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard and a B.A from the University of Bologna.
Recent work by Lorenzo Casaburi
Dairy farmers have high demand for infrequent payments, which help save. Poor enforcement, however, limits competition in the supply of these...
Lorenzo Casaburi on how timing is crucial for increasing crop insurance adoption among smallholder farmers. Pay-at-harvest premiums could be a...
Recent empirical research on sub-Saharan African agricultural markets paints a cautiously optimistic picture of supply chain performance
The cost of insurance comes before the benefit. For crop insurance, pay-at-harvest premiums remove this gap, and can increase demand substantially.