Pardee Initiative-Supported Dissertations

One key aspect of the Pardee Initiative is its support of student research, in the form of dissertation awards. Several alumni and students have received Pardee dissertation support thus far, and their research is featured here.

Featured Dissertations

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 in part by the Pardee Initiative for Global Human Progress include:

  • Nono Ayivi-Guedehoussou (cohort '09). Topic: Maternal Deaths: Understanding the Beninese Paradox. Dissertation committee: Gery Ryan, chair; Lisa Meredith; and Jeremy Miles.
  • Kun Gu (cohort '11). Topic: 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.
  • Ujwal Kharel (cohort '10). Topic: Workers’ Compensation for Low-skilled Migrant Workers in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) Countries. Dissertation committee: Louay Constant, chair; Shanthi Nataraj; and Seth Seabury.
  • Sung-Bou Kim (cohort '09). Topic: Impact of Trade on Labor Market Outcomes and Human Capital Development in Newly Industrialized and Developing Countries. Dissertation committee: Shanthi Nataraj, chair; Howard Shatz; and Francisco Perez-Arce.
  • Adeyemi Okunogbe (cohort '13). Topic: Improving Financial Access to Healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Empirical Evaluation of Community-based Health Insurance. Dissertation committee: Peter Hussey, chair; Gery Ryan; and Edward Okeke.
  • Abdul Tariq (cohort '10). Topic: New Approaches to Economic Growth. Dissertation committee: Jim Hosek, chair; Titus Galama; and Krishna Kumar.