Assistant Professor of Economics, Barnard College, Columbia University.
Departmental Guest at Research Program in Development Studies at Princeton University (2018-2019)
* News: “Local Industrial Shocks and Infant Mortality” now published in The Economic Journal (2018), “Aligning conservation efforts with resource use around protected areas” with Understanding environmental, health and economic activity interactions following transition of ownership in gold mining areas in Tanzania: A case of private to public” with S. Rhee et al. is in Land Use Policy (2018).
My research interests are focused on development economics and environmental economics. One strand of my research explores how natural resource booms 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
Research Program in Development Studies
Princeton University, JRR, Room 126
atolonen [at] barnard [dot] edu
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