Assistant Professor of Economics, Barnard College, Columbia University
Affiliated faculty at Center for Development Economics and Policy (CDEP), Columbia University.
I am on sabbatical leave from Barnard during 2018/2019 and will be visiting Princeton University (fall term 2018) and New York University (spring term 2019).
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My research interests are focused on topics within development economics. In particular, one strand of my research explores how natural resource booms affect local welfare, with a specific focus labor markets, criminal behavior, health and gender equality. Another strand of my research focuses on economics of gender and the household, exploring transmission of information within the household, fatherhood, intimate partner violence, and access to sanitation for adolescent girls. I use empirical methods including quasi-experiments, lab experiments in the field and randomized control trials.
At Barnard College, I teach Introduction to Development Economics, Empirical Development Economics, Econometrics and a senior seminar on Women in Development Economics.
I am also the co-founder and organizer of the Columbia Women in Economics Network that aims to strengthen intra-university network ties, provide space for research sharing across sub-disciplines and skills training for junior female faculty in Economics. Email me for more information.
Please look here for my CV.
Department of Economics
Barnard College at Columbia University
New York, 10027
atolonen [at] barnard [dot] edu