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Kate Orkin

Kate Orkin

Stipendiary Research Fellow

Clare Hall


Kate Orkin is the Stipendiary Research Fellow at Clare Hall and a Research Affiliate of the Department. Her current research projects bridge development economics and political science, examining how low-cost messages to improve aspirations or motivation can affect behaviour. One randomized trial in Ethiopia examines whether viewing motivational documentaries can improve farmers’ saving and investments in education. Another in South Africa examines how different voter education messages affect political knowledge, political aspirations and voter behaviour. A third, in South Africa, examines whether unemployed youth who receive results of psychometric tests alter their job search behaviour.

She has published in the Journal of International Development and the European Journal of Development Research, as well as in an edited collection. Her publications are available here.

She is a DPhil candidate in International Development at the University of Oxford, supervised by Professor Stefan Dercon and Dr Laura Camfield. She holds an MPhil in Development Studies with distinction from the University of Oxford, where she was a South-Africa-at-large Rhodes Scholar and held the Herbert and Ilse Frankel Studentship in Economics at Oriel College.

She has received research grants from the Wingate Foundation, the Skye Foundation and the Private Enterprise in Developing Countries Consortium (funded by DfID). She is an associate at Young Lives at the University of Oxford, where she was a researcher on a large longitudinal survey of schools in Ethiopia, and at the Centre for Study of African Economies (CSAE) at the University of Oxford, where she is part of the Institutions for Pro-Poor Growth research team. She has also consulted for the World Bank. In 2012 she was a Procter Pre-doctoral Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She is also a College Teaching Officer in the Faculty of Economics at Cambridge, where she teaches development economics.