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Maria Kuecken

Bocconi University

Maria Kuecken is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at the Paris School of Economics and Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University. Specializing in the economics of development and education, her research focuses on the determinants of educational quality in developing countries. In her thesis, she relies on quasi-experimental microeconometric methods to study how educational constraints influence student learning outcomes from both the supply-side (teacher behavior, school resources) and demand-side (improvements in student health due to malaria control). Maria has substantial experience working as both a teaching assistant and instructor at her home university and at the Paris Institute of Political Studies. Additionally, she has worked as a trainee in the Health Division of the OECD and is currently serving as an external consultant for 3ie’s replication study scheme.

PODER appointment: Jan 2014 - Dec 2014

Click on the research summary links below for more information on Maria's PODER research and papers. In addition to these two papers, Maria continued work on her thesis which studies constraints internal and external to educational systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. As part of her PODER fellowship, she spent several months at Mathematica Policy Research working on the evaluability assessment of a Tanzanian pre-primary education intervention.