I am an applied micro-economist with interests in development, labour and family economics. I find the interaction of fertility transitions and occupational change over the development path fascinating and consider this the overarching theme of many of my research projects. Much of my work investigates the determinants of desired fertility in sub-Saharan Africa, and how these relate to women's employment choices and social mobility prospects for their children. Current projects on this include a case study of the expansion of the flower exports sector in Kenya. I am also interested in how gender dynamics within the household relate to gender gaps in the labour market and have projects on this topic set in both poorer and richer countries.
I teach an MSc elective course in Development Economics in the second Spring quarter, which covers a range of topics and for which the reading list is entirely made up of academic papers.