The Fellowship Awardees for 2012 are as follows:
1. Shamma Adeeb Alam: PhD candidate in Economics: Health & Population at the University of Washington. The title of his dissertation is “Impact of Agricultural Shock on Family Planning and Women’s Labor Market Outcomes; Impact of Parent’s Health on Child Labor.” He plans on investigating if households delay the birth of their next child in response to income shocks in rural Tanzania. He earned his BA in Economics and Mathematics at Franklin & Marshall College, and his MA in Economics: Health & Population at the University of Washington.
2. Tanya Sue Byker: PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Michigan. The title of her dissertation is “Education, Work and Motherhood: Interrelated Life-Cycle Choices Examined in the United States, Peru and South Africa.” She plans on examining the impact of fertility on women’s employment outcomes, especially the effect of fertility timing on labor-force attachment. She earned her BA in Economics and Philosophy at Swarthmore College.
3. Catalina Herrera Almanza: PhD candidate in Applied Economics at Cornell University. The title of her dissertation is “Dynamic Analysis of Young Women’s Schooling, Marriage, and Fertility Decisions in Senegal.” She hopes to address the impact of early marriage, pregnancy, and family planning on schooling decisions and the dropout rates of girls. She earned both her BA and MA in Economics at the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia.
4. Kehinde Ajike Olabiyi: PhD candidate in Economics at Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. The title of her dissertation is “An Analysis of Population Dynamics, Human Capital Accumulation and Economic Growth in Nigeria (1980-2010).” She plans on assessing the trend and pattern of population dynamics indicators and educational developments in Nigeria between 1980 and 2010, especially the implications of human capital accumulation and educational resources. She earned both her BA and MS in Economics at Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria.
5. Petra Persson: PhD candidate in Economics at Columbia University. The title of her dissertation is “Spousal Resource Control, Fertility, and Intra-Household Conflict.” She plans on addressing the impact of economic enforcement of the wife within the household, as related to the use of contraception, fertility, and incidents of sexual, emotional, and physical abuse. She received her BA in Political Science and Mathematics at Stockholm University in Sweden, her MS in Economics at the Stockholm School of Economics, and her MA in Economics at Columbia University.
6. Maira Emy Nakayama Reimão: PhD candidate in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis. The title of her dissertation is “Fertility and Intra-Household Bargaining Responses to the Public Provision of Childcare in Rio de Janeiro.” She plans on researching the mechanisms through which fertility responds to improved access to childcare. She received her BS in International Economics at Georgetown University, and her M.Phil. in Development Studies at the University of Oxford.
7. John Michael Ian Sioson Salas: PhD candidate in Economics at the University of California, Irvine. The title of his dissertation is “Evaluating the Impact of a Disruption in Publicly-Provided Contraceptive supply on Fertility and Health Outcomes in the Philippines.” He plans on exploring fertility and demographic consequences of an exogenous reduction in publicly-provided contraceptive supply. He received both his BS and MA in Economics at the University of the Philippines.
The Fellowship Awardees for 2011 are as follows:
1. Benjamin Capistrant: PhD candidate in Social Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. The title of his dissertation is “Global and U.S.-based Variations in Social, Health, and Economic Impacts of Family Caregiving.” He plans on examining the prevalence of caregiving in the United States, Mexico, Ghana, South Africa, Russia, India, and the People’s Republic of China, its connection to gender, and its effects on employment. He earned his BA in History and Political Science at Boston University, and his MS in Society, Human Development and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health.
2. Chama Mirriam Chitalu: PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. The title of her dissertation is “Maternal and Child Health Outcomes in Zambia: Investigating Poverty, Equity and Demand Effects.” She plans to investigate how changes in poverty affect Zambian maternal and child health, especially analyzing equity effects in the utilization of health services. She earned her BA in Economics and Statistics at the University of Zambia, and her MA in Economics at the University of Botswana.
3. Maria Gabriela Farfan Bertran: PhD candidate in Economics at Duke University. The title of her dissertation is “Women, Children, and the Dynamics of Conditional Cash Transfers.” She plans on assessing the impact of the anti-poverty program Oportunidades on child nutrition, and to evaluate the extent that impact can be attributed to an empowering of women in Mexico. She earned her BA in economics at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Argentina, and her MA in Economics at Duke University.
4. Bouba Housseini: PhD candidate in Economics at Université Laval in Canada. The title of his dissertation is “Life Expectancy, Demographic Changes and Welfare: The Case of Sub-Saharan Africa during the Last Half-Century.” He plans on exploring the effect of population size and longevity on social welfare and public policies. He earned his University degree in Mathematics and Physics at the Université Ibn Tofail de Kenitra in Morocco, and his MS in Statistics at the Institut National de Statistique et d’Économie Appliquée in Morocco.
5. Muhammad Farfan Majid: PhD candidate in Economics at the University of California, Riverside. The title of his dissertation is “Long-term Effects of Early Childhood Environment.” He plans on addressing the effects of maternal fasting and in utero health on children’s labor market outcomes. He earned his BA in Economics and Mathematics at Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan, and his MA in Microeconomics and Econometrics at Washington University in St. Louis.
6. Nkechi Onuoha: PhD candidate in Economics at Clark University. The title of her dissertation is “Determinants of Fertility and Poverty in Ghana.” She plans on researching Ghana’s key determinants of fertility rates, such as space and geographic location, and its connection to factors of poverty and inequality. She earned her BA in Economics at the University of Ghana, and her MA in Economics at Clark University.
7. Evan Peet: PhD candidate in Economics at Duke University. The title of his dissertation is “Essays on Water in Developing Countries.” He plans on examining the impact of piped water on population, reproductive health, and economic prosperity in Indonesia. He earned his BA in Economics at Brigham Young University, and his MA in Economics at Duke University.
8. Christie Sennott: PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The title of her dissertation is “Childbearing and Motherhood in the Context of HIV/AIDS in South Africa.” She plans on investigating childbearing patterns among rural South African women, especially the relationship between HIV prevalence, AIDS mortality, and antiretroviral therapies. She earned both her BA and MA in Sociology at the University of Missouri.
9. Margaret Triyana: PhD candidate in Public Policy at the University of Chicago. The title of her dissertation is “The Effects of Community-Based Interventions on Women and Children’s Health in Indonesia.” She plans on exploring the impact of midwifery and community block grants on maternal mortality and child malnutrition. She earned both her B.A in Economics and Mathematics and her MA in Economics at the University of Chicago.
The Fellowship Awardees for 2009 are as follows:
1. Chalachew Desta Getahun, PhD candidate in Geography at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. He earned a BA in Geography at Kotebe College. The title of his dissertation is "Population and Development in Ethiopia: Investigating the Impact of Fertility Trends on Household Economy." He will investigate to what extent and how population change (in terms of fertility) influences economic wellbeing and poverty conditions at individual and household levels in Ethiopia.
2. Jonas Hjort, PhD candidate in Economics at the University of California at Berkeley. He earned a MA in International Development Economics from Yale University and a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics. The title of his dissertation is "Female Empowerment, Intra-Household Decision-Making, Fertility and Economic Development in East Africa." He will look at the effect of female employment on (fertility and other) intra-household decision-making, and ensuing income trends.
3. Zoe McLaren, PhD candidate in Economics and Policy at the University of Michigan. She double majored in Government and Environmental Biology at Dartmouth College. The title of her dissertation is "The economic impact of HIV in South Africa." She seeks to understand how access to anti-retroviral drugs affect employment outcomes in South Africa and the employment impact of being HIV+.
4. Scott McNiven, PhD candidate at the University of California at Davis in Agriculture and Resource Economics. He has a MS in Agriculture and Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a BA in Anthropology from Grinnell College. The title of his dissertation is "Social Networks and the Diffusion of Information and Technology in a Biofortification Program in Uganda." He will study how social networks can promote child and maternal health.
5. Plamen Valentino Nikolov, PhD candidate in Health Economics at Harvard University. He has a MA in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in Mathematics and Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University. The title of his dissertation is "The Contribution of Health in Utero to Capacity Formation, Education and Economic Outcomes: Experimental Evidence from Tanzania " He will examine how in utero brain development due to micronutrient deficiency (B6, B12, and folic acid) affect child cognitive development and schooling attainment in Tanzania. To execute this strategy, he will use data from a previous medical randomized trial.
6. Nkang Moses Nkang, PhD candidate in Agricultural Economics at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. He also earned a BA and MS in Economics at the University of Calabar, Nigeria. The title of his dissertation is "Demographic Change, Economic Growth, Income Distribution and Poverty in Nigeria: A Computable General Equilibrium Analysis." He will examine to what extent does demographic change impact economic growth, income distribution and poverty in the Nigerian context.
7. Gil Shapira, PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He has a BA in Economics from Columbia University. The title of his dissertation is "How Beliefs about HIV Affect Fertility, Infant and Child Mortality, and Child Schooling Decisions in Rural Malawi." His research interests focus on understanding how individual beliefs about one's own health status affect critical reproduction and intergenerational human capital investment decisions in Malawi, a sub-Saharan African country with high HIV prevalence.
8. Joshua Wilde, PhD candidate in Economics at Brown University. He has a BA from Brigham Young University in Economics. The title of his dissertation is "Essays on Population and Economic Development." He will examine the effect on population size on income per capita in the presence of fixed factors and the effect of fertility decline on income per capita.