David McKenzie

World Bank Group

David McKenzie is a Lead Economist in the Development Research Group, Finance and Private Sector Development Unit of the World Bank. He received his B.Com.(Hons)/B.A. from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University. Prior to joining the World Bank, he spent four years as an assistant professor of Economics at Stanford University. His main research is on migration, microenterprises, and methodology for use with developing country data. He has published over 90 articles in journals such as Quarterly Journal of Economics, Science, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of the European Economic Association, American Economic Journal: Applied Micro, Journal of Econometrics, and all leading development journals. He is currently on the editorial boards of the Journal of Development Economics, World Bank Economic Review, Journal of Economic Perspectives, and Migration Studies. He is also a co-founder and regular contributor to the Development Impact blog.

Researcher's Grant Projects

By leveraging the ILO’s targeted business-training program for women called GET Ahead, this study will use a randomized control trial to help understand the dynamics of business growth of informal female-owned microenterprises in Kenya.
Researchers: David McKenzie
Grants Round: 3rd MRG Round
Country: Kenya
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
The research team conducts an impact evaluation of the entreprenant status on formalization in Benin by conducting a randomized controlled trial offering different packages of incentives to informal businesses. 
Researchers: David McKenzie, Najy Benhassine, Massimiliano Santini, Victor Pouliquen
Grants Round: 14th Round
Country: Benin
Cross-cutting themes: Gender