Associate Professor of Economics, Universidad de los Andes
Rachid Laajaj is an associate professor of economics at the Universidad de Los Andes. His primary areas of research are technology adoption in agriculture, corruption, and human capital. He studies these issues from a micro-development perspective, paying particular attention to the role of information. He received his PhD in applied economics from the University of Wisconsin Madison. A lot of his work evaluates what policies can best contribute to poverty alleviation, using most up to date evaluation methods. Rachid published in top journals, including AEJ: Applied, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Nature Communications and Science Advances. He received his PhD in Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin Madison and did a post-doc at Paris School of Economics. He teaches Econometrics, Microeconomics, Development Economics and Corruption in Developing Countries.
Recent work by Rachid Laajaj
Needs-based and merit-based scholarships improve the motivation and social mobility of low-income students
Farmer selection and researcher interference during trials can introduce bias, impacting how new technologies perform in real-world conditions
Data from developing country settings highlight the risk of misinterpreting non-cognitive skills and personality using existing measures
Subsidies need not be permanent to benefit farmers. Well-designed policy that encourages experimentation can generate widespread and lasting impacts.