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Ben D'Exelle is a professor of economics. Most of his research focuses on applied behavioral and experimental economics and impact evaluation. He joined UEA in 2010.


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Key Research Interests

Most of Ben's research can be located in the fields of behavioural and experimental economics and impact evaluation in low-income countries. The research themes he has pursued and published on include: social networks and resource sharing, the functioning of rural markets, equity-efficiency trade-offs in irrigation systems, reproductive health, repayment and impact of microfinance, the micro-politics behind community-based development and the behavioural economics of rural investment. He has conducted most of his fieldwork in Nicaragua, Tanzania and Uganda.

Research Groups:  Behavioural and Experimental Development Economics; Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science; Impact Evaluation for International Developement

Research grants management

2016-2019 A Behavioural Economic Analysis of Reproductive Health in Burkina Faso and Tanzania, £493,452. DFID/ESRC. Principal Investigator.

2012-2015 A Behavioural Economic Analysis of Agricultural Investment Decisions in Uganda, £431,995. DFID/ESRC. Co-investigator.

Teaching Interests

Ben teaches micro-economics, econometrics, research techniques and analysis, and applied methods in impact evaluation at the postgraduate level. He also co-directs the MSc Impact Evaluation for Global Development. He supervises several PhD students

Areas of Expertise

Reproductive health, gender, agriculture, risk-taking, risk-sharing, insurance, intra-household decision-making, social networks, bargaining and coordination in rural communities.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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