Li Ka Shing Professor of Economics, University of California Berkeley
Paul Gertler is the Li Ka Shing Professor of Economics at the University of California Berkeley, where he holds appointments in the Haas School of Business and the School of Public Health. He is also the Director of UC Berkeley’s Graduate Program in Health Management and Scientific Director of the UC Center for Effective Global Action. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1985 and prior to UC Berkeley has held academic appointments at Harvard, RAND and SUNY Stony Brook. Dr. Gertler is an internationally recognised expert in impact evaluation.
Dr. Gertler was Chief Economist of the Human Development Network of the World Bank from 2004-2007 and the Founding Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) from 2009-2012. At the World Bank he led an effort to institutionalise and scale up impact evaluation for learning what works in human development. At Berkeley he teaches courses in applied impact evaluation at both the graduate and undergrad levels as well as in an executive education program for policy makers.
He is the author of the best selling textbook Impact Evaluation in Practice published by the the World Bank Press. He has been a Principal Investigator on a large number of at-scale multi-site impact evaluations including Mexico’s CCT program, Progresa/Oportunidades, and Rwanda’s Health Care Pay-for-Performance scheme. He has published results from impact evaluations extensively in both scientific and policy journals on early childhood development, education, fertility and contraceptive use, health, HIV-AIDS, energy and climate change, housing, job training, poverty alleviation, labour markets, and water and sanitation. He was awarded the Kenneth Arrow Award for best paper in health economics in 1996. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin.
Recent work by Paul Gertler
Group-based interventions can increase parental engagement in school, change parents’ behaviour at home and improve children’s behaviour in school
How can policymakers solve the problem of non-payment of utility bills while still maintaining access to water and sanitation services?
Trust is important in encouraging poor households to hold their savings in bank accounts
Debit cards reduce travel distance raise trust in financial institutions, and increase account use
Evidence from Latin America suggests that solely encouraging unattainable aspirations among poor households does not improve their welfare