Dr Kate Orkin is Associate Professor in Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and a Supernumerary Fellow of Merton College.
Prior to this, she was a Junior Research Fellow at Merton College. Kate completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Cape Town. She did her MPhil and DPhil at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, finishing in 2015.
Kate has worked extensively at the interface of research and policy in taking successful evidence-based interventions to scale. She and her team have worked closely with national and local governments and NGOs, including GiveDirectly, the Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator and BRAC, to co-design, test and cost interventions, and then build delivery systems and political will for scale-up. In the past, Kate has done policy advisory work for the South African Presidency, World Bank and International Food Policy Research Institute.
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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 whether visualisation and planning interventions can impact preventive health investments.
Researchers test the effects of two light-touch psychological interventions on water chlorination and related health and economic outcomes.