Nilmini Herath

Nilmini Herath

PhD Candidate in Economics

Department of Economics

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About me

Nilmini is a PhD Economics candidate in the Deparment of Economics. Her research explores the impact of social networks on beliefs, behaviours and wellbeing in a range of domains, from trust in vaccines to understanding of labour markets. She uses tools from network science, microeconomic modelling and RCT-based impact evaluation to investigate these topics. Much of her research is focused on Sub-Saharan Africa.

Prior to joining LSE, Nilmini ran the research division of J-PAL Africa at the University of Cape Town where she worked on several RCTs for leading Development Economists, developed the generation and use of research with a range of African policymakers and NGOs, and managed a team of research associates, field managers and enumerators. She also previously held positions in investment banking in quantitative risk modelling for Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Nilmini holds a BSc in Mathematics (first class honours, with minor in Business Management) from Queen Mary, University of London, a partial M.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Oxford, an MPA International Development and an MRes in Economics (both with distinction) from the LSE.

Research Interests
Networks, Economic Theory, Development

Gharad Bryan
Francesco Nava

Research Centre

EC2A1: Microeconomics II

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Expertise Details

Networks; Economic Theory; Development