Maren Duvendack

Dr

  • 2.70 Arts

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

Biography

Maren Duvendack has a PhD in development economics from the University of East Anglia (UEA), UK. Her key research areas cover applied micro-econometrics, impact evaluation, systematic reviews and meta-analysis, microfinance, replication and reproduction of quantitative analyses as well as research ethics.

After completing her PhD she joined the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington DC as a Postdoctoral Fellow before joining the Overseas Development Institute in London as a Research Fellow in evaluation and impact assessment. She is now a Senior Lecturer in the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia where she is mainly teaching on the MSc Impact Evaluation for International Development.

Maren has extensively worked on microfinance impact evaluations in India and Bangladesh. She is particularly interested in the link between microfinance, empowerment and reproductive health. She has more recently worked on quantitative impact evaluations for IFAD, DFAT (formerly AusAid), the World Food Programme and the Gates Foundation on a range of themes across South Asia and East Africa. Maren also completed a number of systematic reviews for DFID and for 3ie on microfinance, payments-by-results as well as on the link between government policies and income inequalities.

 

Maren’s contributions appeared in a number of academic journals and she regularly presents her work at international conferences.

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Maren  is a specialist in quantitative impact evaluation methodologies. Her key research areas cover development economics, applied micro-econometrics, impact evaluation, systematic reviews and meta-analysis, microfinance, replication and reproduction of quantitative analyses as well as research ethics. She has replicated the results of microfinance impact evaluations in Bangladesh, and spent extensive time in the field conducting her own microfinance evaluation in India.

She was particularly engaged in the replication of the microfinance impact evaluation published by Pitt and Khandker which can be comprehended by working through the following documents listed below:

Duvendack, M. & Palmer-Jones, R., 2012. “High Noon for Microfinance Impact Evaluations: Re-investigating the Evidence from Bangladesh.” Journal of Development Studies, 48(12):1864-1880.

The following files contain the “High Noon…” paper as well as the online appendix:

http://www.uea.ac.uk/~nga07htu/Duvendack_Palmer-Jones_2012.pdf
http://www.uea.ac.uk/~nga07htu/Duvendack_Palmer-Jones_2012_OnlineAppendix.pdf

You will need these two files to replicate the “High Noon…” paper in STATA:

http://www.uea.ac.uk/~nga07htu/PSM_Prep_all_Final.DTA (right click and choose 'Save Target As...')
http://www.uea.ac.uk/~nga07htu/HighNoonPaper_Final.do (right click and choose 'Save Target As...')

Matthieu Chemin and Mark Pitt both commented on our "High Noon..." paper and our short response to their comments can be found in JDS: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00220388.2012.747781

Further to this, Matthieu Chemin published longer comments (http://matthieuchemin-research.mcgill.ca/research.html) on our “High Noon…” paper and our response to these can be found here: http://www.uea.ac.uk/~nga07htu/Rejoinder_to_Chemin_Final.pdf

The following files are needed to comprehend and replicate the points we are making in our response to Chemin's longer comments: http://www.uea.ac.uk/~nga07htu/CheminReply.zip

Mark Pitt also published a longer comment (http://www.brown.edu/research/projects/pitt/) on our “High Noon…” paper and we respond as follows:
http://www.uea.ac.uk/~nga07htu/Rejoinder_to_Pitt_Final.pdf

The following data and code are needed to replicate the points we are making in our response to Pitt’s longer comments:
http://www.uea.ac.uk/~nga07htu/PittReply.zip

 

 

 

Teaching Interests

Maren is largely teaching on the MSc Impact Evaluation for International Development and she is currently convening the module Welfare and Evaluation in Development.  She also contributes to the MA Globalisation, Business and Sustainable Development as well as selected undergraduate courses.

She is the director of the professional short course “Impact Evaluation for Evidence-Based Policy in Development” which is a 2-week long course held at UEA every summer.

 

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

Network

Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or