Kate Orkin is a Research Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government. Her research interests are at the intersection of behavioural, labour and development economics, with projects in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and South Africa. One strand of research examines how information interventions alter beliefs about oneself and expectations about the future, and, in turn, economic and political behaviour. Other work examines the economic, social and political effects of unconditional cash transfer programmes.
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Researchers examine whether exposure to role models through a video documentary can change individual’s aspirations and their future-oriented investments, such as investments in their children’s education.
Researchers partner with Harambee Youth Accelerator in South Africa to investigate the potential for using skill measures to determine matches of work-seekers to job opportunities.
Can a psychological intervention enhance the known positive economic effects of cash transfers ?
This study investigates how a large, one-off cash transfer from an NGO to the poorest 40% of households in a thousand villages in western Kenya impacts civic engagement and community behaviour.
This project looks at how voters process information from pre-election polls, and examines the effect of different messages on voter turnout, vote choice and election and party beliefs.
Researchers partner with GiveDirectly to test whether a cash transfer or aspirational video can impact women’s control of household resources or experiences of intimate partner violence.
Researchers test the effects of two light-touch psychological interventions on water chlorination and related health and economic outcomes.