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Alex Armand

Alex Armand

International Research Fellow

Education

PhD Economics, University College London, 2014
MSc Economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain), 2006
BSc Economics, Università degli Studi di Torino (Italy), 2005

Alex Armand is an Assistant Professor at Nova School of Business and Economics, and a resident member at NOVAFRICA. His main research fields are Development Economics and Policy Evaluation. His current work focuses on the effect of providing education-related cash transfers on household outcomes, on the effect of local community engagement on natural resource management, on the role of media in reducing conflict, and on sanitation in urban slums. During his professional career has been leading research projects in Macedonia, Mozambique, India, Bolivia, Guatemala and Honduras. He consulted the World Bank and the Ministry of Social Policy in the FYR of Macedonia. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University College London.

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

Observation
With no vaccination available, scientists recommend non-pharmaceutical interventions – in particular, handwashing, social distancing, and the shielding of elderly and vulnerable groups – as the only feasible way of suppressing the spread of COVID-19, and lessening its mortality rate. Such ...
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