Team

Team

headshot of Dr. Caren Grown Caren Grown

is Economist-In-Residence at American University, where she also co-directs the Program on Gender Analysis in Economics. Her recent books include Taxation and Gender Equity, co-edited with Imraan Valodia (Routledge 2010) and The Feminist Economics of Trade, co-edited with Irene Van Staveren, Diane Elson and Nilufer Cagatay (Routledge 2007. Her articles have appeared in World Development, Journal of International Development and Feminist Economics. Dr. Grown is an Associate Editor of Feminist Economics, a member of the External Gender Forum of the Asian Development Bank and a founding member of the International Working Group on Gender and Macroeconomics (GEM-IWG). From 2001-2004, she served as Senior Associate of the MDG3 Task Force of the UN Millennium Project, an advisory group to the UN Secretary-General.

headshot of Abena D. Oduro Abena D. Oduro (M. Litt.)

is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Ghana and is currently the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Social Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon. She is on the editorial board of Feminist Economics. She has published work in the area of international trade policy and gender in Ghana’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. She recently participated in an international project on taxation and gender equity. Ms. Oduro has been a consultant for the Government of Ghana, The World Bank and the United Nations Development Program. Her current areas of research interest are poverty dynamics, gender inequality in asset ownership and agriculture in the WTO.

headshot of Dr. Carmen Diana Deere Carmen Diana Deere

is Distinguished Professor of Food and Resource Economics and Latin American Studies at the University of Florida and during 2009-2010 was a Visiting Scholar at FLACSO-Ecuador. She was formerly Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida (2004-2009) and at the University of Massachusetts (1992-2004). Deere is a Past President of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and of the New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS). She serves on numerous editorial boards, including World Development, Estudos Feministas and the Journal of Agrarian Change and is an Associate Editor of Feminist Economics. She is the co-author of Empowering Women: Land and Property Rights in Latin America (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2001), winner of LASA’s Bryce Wood Book Award and NECLAS’s Best Book Award, and co-editor of a special issue of Feminist Economics (2006) on women and the distribution of wealth and on gender and international migration. Deere has carried out recent studies for UN Women and other UN agencies, the Brazilian Ministry for Agricultural Development, the International Land Coalition and the World Bank.

Her primary areas of research are gender inequality in asset ownership, land policy and agrarian reform, migration and remittances, rural social movements and gender in Latin American agricultural development.

Hema Swaminathan

is currently an Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. She is an empirical economist with broad interests in understanding the causes and consequences of social and human development with a focus on household behaviour. Dr. Swaminathan has field work experience in India and Sub-Saharan Africa and has examined the relationship between asset ownership and public health outcomes in several countries in Africa and South Asia. She has also been involved in research projects examining structural determinants of rural poverty and the impact of welfare reform on poor populations in the U.S. 

Cheryl Doss

is a Senior Lecturer in African Studies and Economics at Yale University. Her publications have included articles in World Development, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Feminist Economics, and Economic Development and Cultural Change. She has co-edited three special issues of Feminist Economics, including one with Carmen Diana Deere about women and the distribution of wealth. Her research focuses generally on issues of land, assets, agriculture, technology adoption and intra-household resource allocation, especially in rural households in Africa. 

She was the lead PI on the project, Pathways to Women’s Access to Assets: Land Tenure and Beyond, funded through the Assets and Market Allocation CRSP at USAID. She has recently been involved with studies for the World Bank, the International Food Policy Research Institute , the Food and Agriculture Organization,  the Chronic Poverty Research Centre, UN Statistics and the UK Department for International Development. 

The comparative team is led by Cheryl Doss and Caren Grown with Marya Hillesland.

Marya Hillesland

is the Research Assistant to the comparative study. She is a doctoral student in Economics at American University in Washington, D.C. Her academic interests are gender analysis, development and political economy. She holds a master’s degree in International Affairs from the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C, and a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics with a minor in economics.

 

Current: Carmen Diana Deere, Zachary Catanzarite and Boaz Anglade  Past: Jacqueline Contreras (2009-11) and  Jennifer Twyman (2009-12)

headshot of Dr. Carmen Diana Deere Carmen Diana Deere

is Distinguished Professor of Food and Resource Economics and Latin American Studies at the University of Florida and during 2009-2010 was a Visiting Scholar at FLACSO-Ecuador. She was formerly Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida (2004-2009) and at the University of Massachusetts (1992-2004). Deere is a Past President of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and of the New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS). She serves on numerous editorial boards, including World Development, Estudos Feministas and the Journal of Agrarian Change and is an Associate Editor of Feminist Economics. She is the co-author of Empowering Women: Land and Property Rights in Latin America (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2001), winner of LASA’s Bryce Wood Book Award and NECLAS’s Best Book Award, and co-editor of a special issue of Feminist Economics (2006) on women and the distribution of wealth and on gender and international migration. Deere has carried out recent studies for UN Women and other UN agencies, the Brazilian Ministry for Agricultural Development, the International Land Coalition and the World Bank.

Her primary areas of research are gender inequality in asset ownership, land policy and agrarian reform, migration and remittances, rural social movements and gender in Latin American agricultural development.

Jacqueline Contreras

is the co-Coordinator of the Ecuador Study and Professor-Researcher in the Gender & Culture Program at FLACSO-Ecuador. She holds a M.A. degree in Social Sciences from FLACSO-Ecuador and a B.A. in Economics from the Catholic University of Ecuador. She is co-author (with A. Armas and A. Vásconez) of The Care Economy: Paid and Unpaid Work in Ecuador (Comisión de Transición, INEC, AECID, UNIFEM, EUT 2009). Her primary areas of research are gender inequality in asset ownership, gender and time use, gender budgeting and gender and the environment.

 

Jennifer Twyman

is the Research Assistant to the Ecuador Study. She is a doctoral student in the Department of Food and Resource Economics at the University of Florida and during 2009-2010 was a Visiting Scholar at FLACSO-Ecuador. She holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri. She is co-author (with Deere and G. Alvarado) of Poverty, Headship and Gender Inequality in Asset Ownership in Latin America (MSU Working Paper 2010). Her dissertation research focuses on the intra-household distribution of assets and asset wealth in Ecuador.

 

Eduardo Encalada

is the Director of Field Operations for the survey and public opinion consulting firm, HABITUS, S.A., which carried out the Ecuador Household Assets Survey. He is a statistical engineer with a B.S. degree from the Central University of Ecuador. From 1987 to 2002 he was employed at the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INEC) of Ecuador where he coordinated the national employment surveys, income and expenditure surveys and the standard of living survey. He has also been a consultant to the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. He has been with HABITUS, S.A. since 2003.

 

Zachary Catanzarite

joined the UF-FLACSO project in March of 2011 as statistical data analyst for the Ecuador Household Assets Survey. He is an interdisciplinary psychologist with a M.A. in Sociology from the University of Florida, where he focused on social class, and a M.A. in Psychology from New York University, where he focused on advanced statistical analysis and social support processes.

Abena D. Oduro (M. Litt.) is the Principal Investigator of the Ghana team.

Current: Louis Boakye-Agyeman, Abena D. Oduro and William Bah-Boateng.  

Past: Hellen Seshie-Nasser

headshot of Abena D. Oduro Abena D. Oduro (M. Litt.)

is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Ghana and is currently the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Social Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon. She is on the editorial board of Feminist Economics. She has published work in the area of international trade policy and gender in Ghana’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. She recently participated in an international project on taxation and gender equity. Ms. Oduro has been a consultant for the Government of Ghana, The World Bank and the United Nations Development Program. Her current areas of research interest are poverty dynamics, gender inequality in asset ownership and agriculture in the WTO.

William Baah-Boateng (PhD)

is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics, University of Ghana, and a Fellow of the International Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS) based in Accra, Ghana. He holds PhD in Economics from the University of Ghana, with coursework pursued in the Department of Economics, Harvard University. His primary research focuses on the analysis of the economics of labor and labor market institutions, economics of gender, SME development, and development economics. He has publications in the areas of employment, unemployment, and the gender dimension of labor market discrimination, among others. Dr. Baah-Boateng worked with Ghana’s Employment Ministry between 2007 and 2012 as Labor Advisor and has also consulted for the International Labor Organization (ILO), The World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), as well as for domestic institutions. He is currently Associate Editor of the Ghanaian Journal of Economics.

Louis Boakye-Yiadom

is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics, University of Ghana. He holds a PhD (Economics) from the University of Bath and has broad empirical research interests in household livelihood strategies and their relationships with poverty/well-being, inequality, gender and asset ownership.  He is particularly interested in the micro-economic analysis of migration, remittance flows, child fostering and education. Louis has taught a wide range of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including courses on development economics, economic theory and economic planning.

 

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Team Members

Current: Rahul Lahoti, TR Ramakrishna, Hema Swaminathan and Suchitra JY

Past: Shreekanth Mahendiran, Shanthala S., Shankarapa BS, Uma GT and Debdatta Chakrabarti.

Hema Swaminathan

is currently an Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. She is an empirical economist with broad interests in understanding the causes and consequences of social and human development with a focus on household behaviour. Dr. Swaminathan has field work experience in India and Sub-Saharan Africa and has examined the relationship between asset ownership and public health outcomes in several countries in Africa and South Asia. She has also been involved in research projects examining structural determinants of rural poverty and the impact of welfare reform on poor populations in the U.S. 

Manita Rao

is a Part-Time Consultant with the India Team and holds a Master's in Social Policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Masters in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai. She has worked internationally in academic institutions and non-profit organizations and collaborated on research projects in the areas of gender, education and child rights. Her areas of interest include public policy around families, women and children. Manita joined the India team in August 2010.

Rahul Lahoti

a Researcher on the India team, has a Master's in Public Administration from Columbia University and a Master's in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego. He has worked with the Earth Institute at Columbia University and the Center for Evaluation and Global Action at UC, Berkeley. He is interested in public policy issues concerning poverty, inequality and nutrition. 

 

Shanthala S.

is a Project Associate with the India Team, which she joined in April 2009. She has a Master's in Commerce from Bangalore University. She primarily takes care of the administrative and accounting requirements of the project.

Shreekanth Mahendiran

is a Research Assistant for the India Team. He has a MSc. in Economics from the Madras School of Economics, Anna University. He has interned at Roulac India Investment Advisory, Hyderabad and worked at IIMB as an Academic Intern, working on the energy, banking and micro-finance data and literature of South Asian countries. Shreekanth joined the India study in March 2010 and is primarily involved in data cleaning, processing and analysis.

Suchitra J. Y.

is the Project Director and a Researcher for the India Team. She has a Master's in Economics from the University of Hyderabad and has been involved primarily in survey-based social sciences research since 2004. She worked at the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore, for four-and-half years on projects on unorganized labour, child labour, micro-finance and micro-insurance, and since 2009 has been associated with this study. She has a keen interest in public policy issues pertaining to various forms of social exclusion.

 

Debdatta Chakabarti

worked as Research Associate for a year beginning May 2014. She has a Masters in Economics from Jadavpur University. Prior to IIMB, Debdatta has worked on several research projects at Jadavpur University. She is interested in using economics to understand how individuals and societies interact and function.