Edward Miguel

University of California, Berkeley

Edward Miguel is the Oxfam Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics and Faculty Director of the Center for Effective Global Action at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 2000. He earned S.B. degrees in both Economics and Mathematics from MIT, received a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow, and has been a visiting professor at Princeton University and Stanford University. His main research focus is African economic development, including work on the economic causes and consequences of violence, the impact of ethnic divisions on local collective action, and interactions between health, education, environment, and productivity for the poor. 

Research Grant Projects

This project aims to better understand the capacity of informal SMEs to be a dynamic driver of private sector growth, specifically when granted unconditional government cash transfers.
High-frequency data collection on a randomized treatment of SMEs will allow the researchers to study enterprise dynamics after a redistributive shock in the form of a cash transfer in rural Kenya.