Assistant Professor of Economics, Barnard College, Columbia University
Departmental Guest at Research Program in Development Studies at Princeton University (2018-2019)
Visiting Scholar, Department of Economics, New York University, 2019
My research interests are focused on development economics and environmental economics. One strand of my research explores how natural resource booms, in particular mining investments, affect local welfare, with specific focus on labor markets, health and gender equality.
Another strand focuses on the economics of health and gender, exploring transmission of information within the household, nutrition, stigma, access to sanitation for adolescent girls and the WASH sector. 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 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.
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Department of Economics
Barnard College at Columbia University
New York, 10027
atolonen [at] barnard [dot] edu
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