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Zlata Tanović

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Zlata is a PhD candidate in Economics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and a PODER fellow at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, working on the project “The importance of incentives in the private and public health sector in developing countries”. She was previously a development economics researcher –currently a fellow– at the Amsterdam Institute for International Development (AIID), where she gained ample research and field experience. Her PhD thesis draws on her research at AIID. Originally from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, she has lived in the Netherlands for most of her life. She received her undergraduate degrees in mathematics and physics from Leiden University, and her master’s degree in econometrics from the University of Amsterdam. Her main research interests are human development, health economics, applied microeconometrics, survey methods, and mobile money. Currently her research focuses on empirical evaluation of healthcare interventions in developing countries. Personal website:

Together with her UPF hosts Alessandro Tarozzi and Gianmarco León, Zlata started her PODER fellowship devising an experiment to incentivize ASHA community health workers in India, which was aimed at improving their performance. Unfortunately, as can sometimes be the case in empirical research, in the end it proved infeasible to conduct such an experiment. Currently other research avenues are being explored. Thanks to UPF’s friendly research environment and high quality seminar series, as well as the PODER summer school and conference, her PODER fellowship experience has been very gratifying. Click the research summary link below for more information on Zlata's research and papers. In addition to these, Zlata has also been working on the 'The impact of the KNCU Health Plan' and her Doctoral Thesis.

PODER appointment: April 2016 -June 2017.