Mahreen Mahmud is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Development Economics at the Blavatnik School of Government and the Centre for the Study of African Economies. Mahreen has a PhD in Economics from the University of Kent and an MSc in Finance and Economics from the University of Warwick. Between 2009 and 2012, she worked as a Research and Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Research in Economics and Business, Lahore School of Economics and also consulted for Innovations for Poverty Action in Pakistan. She works on topics related to development economics and has a particular interest in microfinance and behavioural economics on which she has ongoing field projects in Pakistan.
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Researchers partner with GiveDirectly to conduct a randomised evaluation of the impact of unconditional cash transfers and an aspirations video on household outcomes in western Kenya.
Researchers aim to look at the impact of a light-touch psychological intervention featuring a documentary and a goal-setting exercise on aspirations and goals of female entrepreneurs in Pakistan.