Kate Orkin is a Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, as well as a DPhil candidate in Development Studies, supervised by Professor Stefan Dercon and Dr Laura Camfield. Her doctoral research is in the economics and political economy of primary education. She examines the effects of three education policy initiatives – prohibitions on grade repetition, full day (rather than half day) schooling and mother tongue instruction – on school participation and achievement. She also examines how local political dynamics affect the implementation of reforms. Kate holds an MPhil in Development Studies from Oxford, where she was a South-African Rhodes Scholar, and a BSocSci (Hons) Economics from the University of Cape Town. She is a Student Associate at Young Lives, a longitudinal household-based survey of children in four countries, where she was part of the team which designed a survey of schools attended by Young Lives children in Ethiopia. She has worked for the World Bank Development Research Group and on a CSAE-iiG-IFPRI evaluation of an intervention to improve aspirations.