Stephanie is a development economist with over 20 years of experience in social protection and poverty reduction policies in Africa and Asia. She has an extensive experience of modelling and policy analysis using micro-simulation tools, general equilibrium models (CGEs) and randomised control trials (RCTs).
As an academic researcher, she has worked on the local and macro-economic impacts of social protection, including cash transfers and graduation packages, the complementarity between rural development policies, agricultural growth programs and social transfers.
She joined the London School of Economics as a Guest Lecturer in 2014. Stephanie is also a Non-resident Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) where she conducts research on the general equilibrium effects of gender-based social protection, economic inclusion, and livelihood programs. Using micro-simulation tools and general equilibrium models, this research program investigates the potential effects of scaling up gender-focused interventions which have been tested empirically using randomized control trials.
Stephanie has an extensive field work experience, having lived in Chad and worked in over 15 countries in Africa and Asia. She has worked with the World Bank, UN Institutions, the Gates Foundation, the Overseas Development Institute, governments in low- and middle-income countries and NGOs.
She holds an MSc in econometrics from the Sorbonne University and a PhD in development economics from Toulouse University.
She currently teaches for DV443 and DV453.
- Stephanie Levy, 2021. ‘When social safety nets protect economic growth: the case of Cambodia’, LSE ID Working Paper Series
- Stephanie Levy, 2021. ‘Covid-19 and Lockdown Policies: A Structural Simulation Model of a Bottom-Up Recession in Four Countries’, International Food Policy Institute
- Stephanie Levy, 2020. ‘Meeting the costs and maximizing the impact of Social Protection in Cambodia’, United Nations Development Programme, Research Report, September 2020
- Stephanie Levy et al, 2020. Covid-19 lockdowns, income distribution, and food security: An analysis for South Africa. Global Food Security
- John Bennett, Stephanie Levy, 2017. 'Family Ceremonies as a Constraint on Informal Sector Investment: The Case of Sénégal', IZA Institue of Labor Economics
Stephanie Levy, 2017. ‘Graduation-Based Social Protection for Cambodia's Extreme Poor’, United Nations Development Programme Cambodia, Research Report, December 2017
Stephanie Levy, 2015. "The Impact of Cash Transfers on Local Economies," Poverty In Focus 31, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.
Robinson, Sherman & Levy, Stephanie, 2014. "Can cash transfers promote the local economy? A case study for Cambodia:," IFPRI discussion papers 1334, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
Stephanie Levy & Sherman Robinson, 2014. "Maximizing the Economic Impact of Cash Transfers: why Complementary Investment Matters," One Pager 255, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.
Stephanie Levy & Sherman Robinson, 2014. "Maximiser l'impact économique des transferts monétaires: le rôle des investissements publics agricoles," One Pager French 255, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.
Sleepless nights in Canden Town: The reality of homeless and humanitarian duty, LSE ID Blog, March 023
'What community volunteering can teach you about development', Global Policy Journal, June 2021
'The Economics of Humanitarian Aid to Refugees: Are we on a slippery slope', International Growth Centre - IGC, London School of Economics, June 2016
'Scaling up social protection: Price & productivity effects on growth', International Growth Centre - IGC, London School of Economics, 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