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Stephanie Levy

Stephanie Levy, Research Fellow, International DevelopmentGuest Lecturer
Department of International Development


Stephanie is a development economist with over 15 years of experience in rural development and poverty reduction policies in Africa and South-East Asia. Stephanie has an extensive experience of modelling and policy analysis using simulation tools and quantitative analysis methods. As an academic researcher, she worked on agricultural development policies, including natural resources management, public investment in rural infrastructure and services, food price and poverty reduction. Her PhD research examines the use of natural resource revenue to finance pro-poor growth strategies.

This work is applied to the case of Chad using a general equilibrium model to compare different public investment strategies. She has also worked on the land reform in Zimbabwe for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the World Bank, studying which investment policies should complement the land redistribution programme to prevent the food production and the productivity in the agricultural sector to fall.

She has worked for the International Food Policy Research Institute and the London Business School before joining the Overseas Development Institute in 2005, where she conducted studies for the World Bank, the United Nation Programme for Development and for DFID.

Her current research focuses on the local economic impact of social protection and cash transfers, the complementarity between rural development policies and social transfers and the impact of financial chocks and stresses on household behaviour in West-Africa.

She holds a PhD from Toulouse University and a MA from the Sorbonne University.

Research Interests

  • Social protection and cash transfers: their impact on the local economy
  • General equilibrium effects of safety nets
  • Rural development policies
  • Agricultural growth


DV410: Research Methods 

DV490: Economic Development Policy I: Applied Policy Analysis for Macroeconomic Development

DV492: Economic Development Policy II: Government Policy Analysis

Recent publications

The Impact of Cash Transfers on Local Economies, Policy in Focus, IPC (2015)

'The impact of the extended family on investment behaviour in West Africa', with Bennett J, IZA Discussion Paper, forthcoming

'Maximising the economic impact of cash transfers: why complementary investment matter?', with Sherman Robinson,  IPC One Pager n.255, UNDP International Poverty Centre for Inclusive Growth, July 2014

'Can Cash Transfers Promote the Local Economy? A Case Study for Cambodia', with Sherman Robinson, IFPRI Discussion Paper no 1334, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC, March 2014

'Maximiser l'impact economique des transferts monetaires: le role des investissements public agricoles' with Sherman Robinson, One Pager French 255, UNDP International Poverty Centre for Inclusive Growth, July 2014

Recent newspaper articles and blogs

The economics of humanitarian aid: Are we on a slippery slope?, The International Growth Centre blog, 17 June 2016

'Scaling up social protection: Price & productivity effects on growth', The International Growth Centre blog, 25 November 2015

‘Social Protection and Growth: Uncovering the Myth’, The Guardian, Global Development, 28 November 2014

‘Protection Sociale et Croissance Economique: dépassons les vœux pieux’, The Huffington Post, French Edition, 7 March 2014

Contact details

Email: S.Levy@lse.ac.uk