Two New Visiting Scholars to Join JRCPPF
Two new post-doctoral research scholars will be joining The Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance this fall: Giorgia Barboni and Pierre Bachas.
Giorgia Barboni comes to us at the conclusion of a year as visiting scholar at the Evidence for Policy Design, a program of the Harvard Kennedy School. She has also completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at Trinity College in Dublin, and internships in the research departments of the National Bank of Belgium and the Bank of Italy. Giorgia has already established a strong body of work in financial intermediation. Her work has appeared in several publications, including the Journal of Economics and Management and the Rivista Italiana degli Economisti, and she’s also involved in several working papers. Most recently, she is conducting research on the role of digital finance in development countries, and she is the principal investigator in a number of experiments in India and Kenya. Giorgia earned her PhD in economics from Italy’s Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies.
“I look forward to being a part of JRCPPF’s inspiring research environment,” she says. “My current work lies at the intersection between empirical banking and development economics. I am also interested in starting research on the role innovative financial contracts can play in promoting business growth, particularly for MSMEs in developing countries.”
Pierre Bachas will join us after earning his PhD this spring from the University of California, Berkeley, with concentrations in public finance and development economics. Before that, he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. As a short term consultant for the World Bank’s Social Protection Division, Pierre conducted a study of Romania’s social assistance system and of minimum income for social insertion reform. As a research assistant for Edward Miguel, with Berkeley’s Innovations for Poverty Action program, he participated in several summer research projects in Kenya. Pierre has won many fellowships during his time as a PhD student, and is fluent in four languages (English, French, Greek, and Spanish), which will continue to prove helpful in his research projects around the globe.
“I am very excited to join JRCPPF this fall and contribute to promoting sound and evidenced-based public policy,” he says. “Joining the Center is a great opportunity for me continue my work on issues of fiscal capacity, which I believe are crucial for low income countries to provide wider redistribution and to weather financial and macroeconomic risks."