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Antonella Bancalari

Antonella Bancalari

Research Associate

Education

2020 PhD Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science

Master of Public Administration – International Development, LSE, 2016

BSc in Economics (honours), Universidad del Pacifico (Lima, Peru), 2012

Antonella Bancalari is an Assistant Professor at the School of Economics and Finance, University of St. Andrews. She is an applied microeconomist and her research sits at the intersection of Development, Public and Health Economics. She uses applied econometrics and field experiments to understand the principles underlying effective public good/service delivery in low- and middle-income countries. She also explore ways to induce people to adopt welfare-improving technologies and behaviours. She has acted as consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank and has been leading research projects in Peru, India, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Pakistan and Bolivia.

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper W21/27
Widespread misconceptions can be critical, especially in times of crisis. Through a field experiment, we study how to address such wrong or inaccurate beliefs using messages delivered to individual citizens using mobile phones. We focus on misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic in a ...
IFS Working Paper W21/16
Poorly maintained public infrastructure is common in low- and middle-income countries, with consequences for service delivery and public health.

Reports and comment

Newspaper article
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to fix the sanitation crisis. But our research suggests that a smart balance of microcredit, subsidies and behaviour change activities is likely to get us a good step closer.
Observation
IFS analysis shows that willingness to pay to use community toilets is low in slums in India but that this could potentially increase if the cleanliness and quality of the facility is improved.

Presentations

Presentation
Beyond development aid: Sanitation financing & revenue models in reuse (human) waste