Dr Stefano Caria

Departmental Lecturer in Development Economics

Stefano Caria is a development economist who uses experimental methods to investigate how to make labour markets work better for the poor, and how social capital is created among workers and farmers in the developing world. In recent work he evaluates two interventions designed to help young Ethiopians search for employment.

Much of the Stefano’s research is focussed on Ethiopia, where, before starting his doctoral studies, he spent two years as Overseas Development Institute fellow at the Ministry of Agriculture. Stefano has also carried out fieldwork in India under the iig programme and in Ghana.

He holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford and an MPhil and DPhil in Economics from the same university.

Assisting job search in low-employment communities
Understanding industrial parks
Helping job seekers in Ethiopia

Stefano teaches Quantitative Methods for the MSc in Economics for Development.

Research Students supervised

Journal articles and special issues

Caria, Stefano (with Paolo Falco ) (forthcoming) 'Does the risk of poverty reduce happiness?', Economic Development and Cultural Change
Caria, Stefano (with Marcel Fafchamps ) (2017) 'Expectations, Network Centrality, and Public Good Contributions: Experimental Evidence from India', Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization

Working papers

Caria, Stefano (with Girum Abebe, Paolo Falco, Simon Franklin & Simon Quinn) (2016) 'Curse of Anonymity or Tyranny of Distance? The Impacts of Job-Search Support in Urban Ethiopia', CSAE Working Paper WPS 2016-10
Caria, Stefano (with Paolo Falco) (2013) 'Do Employers Trust Workers too Little? An Experimental Study of Trust in the Labour Market', CSAE Working Paper WPS 2014-07
16 October, 2017
New project to explore productivity in Ethiopia's industrial parks
Research interests:

Development economics; labour economics; social and behavioural economics; impact evaluation.