Profiles

Richard S Akresh

Associate Professor of Center for African Studies
Associate Professor of LAS Global Studies
Center for Global Studies
African American Studies
Associate Professor of Economics

Contact Information:

  • Address:
    1407 West Gregory Drive David Kinley Hall, Room 214 1407 W Gregory Dr M/C 707 Urbana, IL 61801
  • Telephone: (217)333-3467
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Biography

Richard Akresh is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His primary research interests are in microeconomic development and labor economics focusing predominantly on children’s welfare issues in developing countries. He has examined the institution of child fostering in West Africa, as well as its impact on human capital investment for the involved children. Current research explores the impact of civil conflicts on human capital and health investments for young children. He is also interested in issues about migration, child labor, and intrahousehold bargaining.

Education

  • Ph.D., Yale University

Courses

  • Economics 450: Development Economics

Publications

Book Contributions

  • "Alternative Cash Transfer Delivery Mechanisms: Impacts on Routine Preventative Health Clinic Visits in Burkina Faso." NBER Africa Project. 2013.

Journal Articles

  • "Wars and Child Health: Evidence from the Eritrean-Ethiopian Conflict." Journal of Development Economics (2012):

  • "Child Ability and Household Human Capital Investment Decisions in Burkina Faso." Economic Development and Cultural Change (2012):

  • "War and Stature: Growing Up During the Nigerian Civil War." American Economic Review (2012):

  • "Productive Efficiency and the Scope for Cooperation in Polygynous Households." American Journal of Agricultural Economics (2012):

  • "Using Achievement Tests to Measure Language Assimilation and Language Bias among the Children of Immigrants." Journal of Human Resources (2011):

  • "Civil War, Crop Failure and Child Stunting in Rwanda." Economic Development and Cultural Change (2011):

  • Akresh, Richard, and Tom Bundervoet. "Health and Civil War in Rural Burundi." Journal of Human Resources 44.2 (2009): 536-563.

  • "Flexibility of Household Structure: Child Fostering Decisions in Burkina Faso." Journal of Human Resources 44.4 (2009):

  • "Flexibility of Household Structure: Child Fostering Decisions in Burkina Faso." Journal of Human Resources (2009):

  • "Heath and Civil War in Rural Burundi." Journal of Human Resources (2009):

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