Research Economist
Africa Gender Innovation Lab, World Bank

Clara Delavallade is a Senior Economist at the Africa Gender Innovation Lab (GIL) currently based in Dakar, Senegal. Clara 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. Clara's main research interests are in development and behavioral economics with a gender focus. Over the past ten years, most of Clara's research has been driven by randomized controlled trials conducted in Sub-Saharan Africa and India. Clara 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. Clara's research also delves into risk management and technology adoption among poor farmers (inventory credit, post-harvest technologies, and weather insurance). Clara has published in journals including International Economic ReviewHealth EconomicsOxford Economic Papers, and the Journal of Public Economic Theory, among others.