Richard Akresh

 Richard Akresh

Contact Information

411 1407 W Gregory Dr M/C 707 Urbana, IL 61801
Associate Professor
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Biography

Richard Akresh is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His primary research interests are in microeconomic development and labor economics focusing predominantly on children’s welfare issues in developing countries. He has examined the institution of child fostering in West Africa, as well as its impact on human capital investment for the involved children. Current research explores the impact of civil conflicts on human capital and health investments for young children. He is also interested in issues about migration, child labor, and intrahousehold bargaining.

Education

  • Ph.D., Yale University

Courses

  • Economics 450: Development Economics

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Akresh, Richard, and Tom Bundervoet Health and Civil War in Rural Burundi Journal of Human Resources 44 2 2009, p. 536-563.
Flexibility of Household Structure: Child Fostering Decisions in Burkina Faso Journal of Human Resources 44 4 2009.
Wars and Child Health: Evidence from the Eritrean-Ethiopian Conflict Journal of Development Economics 2012.
Child Ability and Household Human Capital Investment Decisions in Burkina Faso Economic Development and Cultural Change 2012.
War and Stature: Growing Up During the Nigerian Civil War American Economic Review 2012.
Productive Efficiency and the Scope for Cooperation in Polygynous Households American Journal of Agricultural Economics 2012.
Using Achievement Tests to Measure Language Assimilation and Language Bias among the Children of Immigrants Journal of Human Resources 2011.
Civil War, Crop Failure and Child Stunting in Rwanda Economic Development and Cultural Change 2011.
Flexibility of Household Structure: Child Fostering Decisions in Burkina Faso Journal of Human Resources 2009.
Heath and Civil War in Rural Burundi Journal of Human Resources 2009.

Book Contributions

Alternative Cash Transfer Delivery Mechanisms: Impacts on Routine Preventative Health Clinic Visits in Burkina Faso NBER Africa Project Alternative Cash Transfer Delivery Mechanisms: Impacts on Routine Preventative Health Clinic Visits in Burkina Faso 2013.