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Stephanie Levy

Research Fellow

Portrait of Stephanie Levy


Stephanie is a development economist with over 15 years of experience in rural development and poverty reduction policies in Africa and South-East Asia. Stephanie has an extensive experience of modeling and policy analysis using simulation tools and quantitative analysis methods. As an academic researcher, she worked on agricultural development policies, including natural resources management, public investment in rural infrastructure and services, food price and poverty reduction.


Her PhD research examines the use of natural resource revenue to finance pro-poor growth strategies. This work is applied to the case of Chad using a general equilibrium model to compare different public investment strategies. She has also worked on the land reform in Zimbabwe for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the World Bank, studying which investment policies should complement the land redistribution programme to prevent the food production and the productivity in the agricultural sector to fall.


Her current research focuses on the local economic impact of social protection and cash transfers, the complementarity between rural development policies and social transfers and the impact of financial chocks and stresses on household behaviour in West-Africa.


Stephanie will be visiting the Department for International Development at the London School of Economics until July 2014.