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Recent Awards within the Department of International Development

We are very pleased to announce the following recent awards for members of the Department of International Development.

Dr Borge Wietzke has won a STICERD award which will provide funding towards his project, "Long term consequences of colonial institutions and human capital investments. Sub-national evidence from Madagascar and Uganda".

Dr Mahvish Shami has won a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship for a period of three years from 1st September 2012. Mahvish also won a STICERD award with funding to support her project "Collective Action and Hierarchical Relationships: Insights from a Natural Experiment in Rural Pakistan"

Laura Munro successfully applied for both the ESRC and the AXA Research Fund. Laura has decided to go with the AXA Research Fund.

Alaa Tartir has held off stiff competition from students studying Palestine to win a research grant from the Palestinian American Research Center (PARC). This award will help him to conduct his fieldwork.

Fadi Hassan, a PhD student at the Department of International Development has won the prestigious FEEM award for his paper "The Price of Development".  The prize is given to the authors of the three best papers presented by young economists at the annual congress of the European Economic Association.

Eligible candidates should be less than thirty years of age and no more than three years past a PhD defence. More information.

Here is a short description of Fadi's winning paper:

"The Price of Development": The Penn effect is the stylized fact that richer countries also face higher price levels, with the Balassa-Samuelson model of sectoral differences in productivity growth providing the most well known explanation for this pattern. Fadi Hassan revisits this empirical pattern and shows an important nonlinearity: it turns out that the price-income relation is actually negative for low income countries before turning positive at higher levels of development. Hassan shows that this non-linear pattern can be explained by a development process by which productivity growth is initially concentrated in agriculture, which tends to be largely a non-tradable sector in low-income countries.

Simona Montanari, PhD student in International Development, has been awarded a grant by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) to carry out an ethnographic fieldwork of three months in Mozambique. The fieldwork is part of a 5-country study on beneficiary perceptions and experiences of cash transfers, sponsored by DfID