Pardee Initiative-Supported Dissertations

One key aspect of the Pardee Initiative is its support of student dissertations. Many alumni and students have received Pardee dissertation awards; their research is featured here.

Featured Dissertations

  • A mother and son in Nigeria

    Three Essays on Health Financing in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Apr 15, 2019

    In Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), out-of-pocket health spending constitutes a significant proportion of household expenditures, thereby exposing households to a high risk of impoverishment and potential worsening of already poor health outcomes. With Pardee Initiative support, Adeyemi Okunogbe (cohort '13) explored health financing in SSA using quantitative and comparative case study methods.

  • A doctor draws blood from a man to check for HIV/AIDS at a mobile testing unit in Ndeeba, Uganda, May 16, 2014

    Improving Health Decisions and Outcomes for Chronic Diseases

    Oct 12, 2018

    Crystal Huang (cohort '13) assessed the impact of policies designed to address the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases in the context of HIV and obesity, using a range of causal inference and quantitative methods. The Pardee Initiative supported her research in Uganda.

  • Niger's incumbent President Mahamadou Issoufou speaks to journalists after voting during the country's presidential and legislative elections in Niamey, Niger, February 21, 2016

    Preventing Deviations from Presidential Term Limits in Low- and Middle-Income Democracies

    Oct 12, 2018

    Bill Gelfeld (cohort '14) examined the broader theme of deviations from presidential term limits in his Pardee Initiative-supported dissertation. His three essays identify the economic and political effects of term-limit deviations, look specifically at cases in Colombia and Venezuela, and explore other relevant historical case studies to determine which institutions are most helpful in preventing deviations.

  • mother and child by hut

    Long-Term Effects of Wartime Sexual Violence on Women and Families: The Case of Northern Uganda

    Sep 24, 2018

    With support from the Pardee Initiative, Mahlet Atakilt Woldetsadik (cohort '13) studied the enduring effects of wartime sexual violence on Ugandan women and explore its ripple effects on families.

  • Women at the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI): 2015 West Africa Regional Conference

    Labor Market Outcomes of Youth and Women in Newly Industrialized and Developing Countries

    Dec 15, 2017

    Sung-Bou Kim empirically examined the effects of exogenous shocks and labor market policies on employment, wages, and human capital development of youth and women. The first two essays focus on Korea, a newly industrialized country that depends heavily on trade, while the third essay, supported by the Pardee Initiative, examines two sub-Saharan African countries, Liberia and Malawi.

  • Batik seller in traditional market, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

    Three Essays on Growth Econometrics

    Mar 16, 2017

    The Pardee Initiative helped to support Abdul Tariq (cohort '10) as he set about determining which cross-country estimates of gross domestic product (GDP) are most accurate. His dissertation compared World Development Indicators, Penn World Tables, and a new dataset from the University of Queensland.

  • Migrant workers in West Bay Doha, photo by Alexey Sergeev, Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 3.0

    The Global Epidemic of Occupational Injuries

    Jul 19, 2016

    Ujwal Kharel (cohort '11) estimated of the number and rate of workplace fatalities for 215 countries from 1989-2013 using data from the International Labor Organization, and with support of the Pardee Initiative.

  • Blanche and Pulchérie are midwives at a hospital in Benin, photo by Stephan Gladieu, World Bank Flickr Photo Collection/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    The Determinants of Job Satisfaction among Nurses, Midwives, and Auxiliary Nurses in Health Clinics

    Jul 14, 2016

    Using secondary data from a performance-based financing project in health facilities, and with support from the Pardee Initiative, Nono Ayivi-Guedehoussou (cohort '09) examined the concept of work satisfaction among health workers in Bénin.

  • Shira Efron presenting at a Pardee Initiative lunch on May 21, 2015

    Could Drones Help Control Agricultural Pests and Promote Food Security?

    Nov 11, 2015

    With support from the Pardee Initiative, Shira Efron's dissertation explored whether unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, can help improve food security in Africa by controlling pests such as the tsetse fly and red-billed quelea.

  • Migrants climb off a train during their journey toward the U.S.-Mexican border

    Migration in the Americas

    Aug 12, 2014

    Sarah Kups explored local economic and security factors and internal and international migration in Mexico's urban areas as well as self-employment and business ownership among Mexican return migrants, with Pardee Initiative support.

  • African brother and sister

    Child Labor and Education in Developing Countries

    Oct 17, 2013

    Seo Yeon Hong's dissertation explored factors related to the decision between educational investment and child labor; the Pardee Initiative supported his research into why children work and effective policies to reduce child labor.

  • Labourers work at a railway station construction site in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa

    Emerging Infrastructure Financing Mechanisms in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Sep 9, 2013

    With support from the Pardee Initiative, Todi Mengistu's dissertation explores the ramifications and the policy implications of infrastructure investments in Sub-Saharan Africa by "non-traditional" sources: the private sector and emerging countries, especially China.

Dissertations in Progress

Pardee RAND students currently working on dissertations supported by the Pardee Initiative for Global Human Progress include:

  • Ifeanyi Edochie (cohort '15): Targeting and Designing Social Safety Net Programs for Poverty Reduction: Ex-Ante Analysis of Spillover Effects. Dissertation committee: Jeanne Ringel, Chair; Troy Smith, Osonde Osoba.
  • Kun Gu (cohort '11): Social Networks and the Adoption of Environmentally Sound Practice in China. Dissertation committee: Krishna Kumar, chair; Alex Rothenberg; Hank Green. Kun's research expands upon her OJT research with professors Peter Glick and Nick Burger assessing the impact of farmer field schools in China.
  • Crystal Huang (cohort '13): Health Behaviors in Developing Countries: Efficacy and Barriers to Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS. Dissertation committee: Sebastian Linnemayr, Chair; Peter Glick, Roland Sturm.
  • Uzaib Saya (cohort '16): Economic Spillovers of Improved Health. Dissertation chair: Sebastian Linnemayr.