Meredith Startz

Meredith Startz is a PhD student in Economics at Yale University. Prior to beginning her PhD, Meredith worked at Innovations for Poverty Action, first on microfinance projects in the Philippines and later helping to launch a new research initiative on small and medium enterprises. Before that, she was an analyst at Redstone Strategy Group, where she consulted to major philanthropies on issues related to global health and development. She is the recipient of a 2011 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and a 2013 Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship. 

Research Grant Projects

This project aims to study the role of information frictions in imports of manufactured consumer goods in Lagos, Nigeria.
This project aims to identify the information costs of trade by focusing on business travel of Nigerian traders to their Chinese suppliers and building a panel data set to facilitate this analysis. 
This study builds on an earlier ERG project to carefully examine the causal mechanisms by which business skills training affects business outcomes using high frequency follow-up surveys.
By examining Kenyan textile firms, the researcher analyzes the relationship between low-tech innovation, or 'tinkering', and within-firm incentives as well as productivity. 
This research identifies the changes in business processes resulting from technical assistance and business skills training to female entrepreneurs in Central Uganda.