Prof. Guy Stecklov
The core substantive goal of my work has been to understand the impact and importance of social and economic resources in determining demographic outcomes in poor countries. My research is primarily focused on how demographic behavior is influenced by various forms and mechanisms of resource allocations including inter-household and intergenerational wealth flows, public sector transfers, and wealth. In recent years I have opened up two new directions: one focused on the sources of measurement error in social and demographic surveys and the other on the social and demographic consequences of conflict. Alongside these substantive research areas, my research approach has increasingly shifted to quasi-experimental data and methods. This includes a number of projects using data from conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs in Latin America as well as social cash transfer (SCT) programs in sub-Saharan Africa. I am also involved in several field experiments conducted in the Dominican Republic, India and Guatemala all focused on questions tied to behavioral incentives, social interaction and survey data collection in developing countries.