Research Economist
Africa Gender Innovation Lab, World Bank

Clara is an Economist at the Africa Gender Innovation Lab (GIL). She leads the GIL research agenda on socio-emotional skills, occupational segregation and women’s economic empowerment, which seeks to improve context-specific skills measurement and build rigorous evidence on women’s returns to different skills. Her main research interests are in development and behavioral economics with a gender focus. Over the past ten years, most of her research has been driven by randomized controlled trials conducted in Sub-Saharan Africa and India. She has worked on human capital (primary education, health services and insurance), human capital formation and drivers of motivation (socio-emotional skills, aspirations, mental health and workplace incentives) and their role in economic development and service delivery to the poor. Her research also delves into risk management and technology adoption among poor farmers (inventory credit, post-harvest technologies and weather insurance). She has published in journals including International Economic Review, Health Economics, Oxford Economic Papers, Journal of Public Economic Theory among others.