Paul Niehaus

University of California, San Diego

Paul NiehausPaul Niehaus is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at UC San Diego as well as a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a Junior Affiliate at the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), an Affiliate of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), and an Affiliate at the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA). His research deals with program implementation in developing countries and with learning. He is also the co-founder and president of the non-profit GiveDirectly. In 2013 Foreign Policy named him one of its leading 100 “Global Thinkers”. 

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.