Emma is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Michigan.
Her research is in development economics, with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, and primarily utilises large-scale field-experiments. Her research concentrates on two broad topics. The first examines the impact of digital financial services, such as mobile money and mobile banking services, on female-owned enterprises and their households. The second studies the impact of anti-poverty programs, such as cash transfers and graduation programs, on household welfare and women’s empowerment. Emma also has studies looking at the impact of role models on secondary school students’ educational attainment and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on household welfare.
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Watching Queen of Katwe, a movie featuring an inspiring role model, improved Ugandan secondary school students’ national exam scores and closed gender gaps in attainment.