Research fellows

PEP Research Fellows are senior researchers selected, on a competitive basis, to contribute to key PEP research, training and policy activities. They all are developing country nationals and almost all continue to live and work in a developing country.

In 2020, a group of PEP Research Fellows began a series of studies investigating the participation of researchers from the Global South in development economics research, policy, and consulting activities. This research is ongoing.

The findings of the first six studies (conducted in 2020-21) inspired PEP’s Call to Action for greater participation of Southern Researchers in economic development debates. More than 80 leading economists from around the world support this initiative. We invite you to add your support by signing the Call and sharing it with your networks.

Follow the PEP Research Fellows Twitter list to find out more about what they are working on.

Current fellows

Christian Arnault Emini

Christian Arnault Emini

PEP Research Fellow, Research Fellow Representative, Resource Person - Macro/Modeling Group, Policy Outreach Advisor

Senior Lecturer, Université Yaoundé II
Senior Economic Adviser, Prime Minister's Office, Cameroon

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Kibrom Abay

PEP Research Fellow

Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute

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Marcos Agurto

PEP Research Fellow, Resource Person - Experimental Group

Professor and Vice President for Research,
Department of Economics,
Universidad de Piura,

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Vaqar Ahmed

PEP Research Fellow

Joint Executive Director,
Sustainable Development Policy Institute,

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Veronica Amarante

PEP Research Fellow, Gender Commitee

Instituto de Economía,
Universidad de la República,

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Nisha Arunatilake

PEP Research Fellow, Research Fellow Representative, and Gender Committee

Director of Research,
Institute of Policy Studies,
Sri Lanka

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John Ataguba

PEP Research Fellow

Associate Professor,
University of Cape Town,
South Africa

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Ronelle Burger

PEP Research Fellow

Stellenbosch University,
South Africa

Guillermo Cruces

Guillermo Cruces

PEP Research Fellow, Resource Person - Experimental Group

Deputy director, CEDLAS,
Universidad Nacional de La Plata,

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Dileni Gunewardena

PEP Research Fellow, Resource Person - Micro Group, Gender Committee

University of Peradeniya,
Sri Lanka

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Ramos Mabugu

PEP Research Fellow

Sol Plaatje University,
South Africa

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Marjan Petreski

PEP Research Fellow

Professor of Economics & Statistics,
University American College Skopje,
North Macedonia

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Lucas Ronconi

PEP Research Fellow, Policy Outreach Committee

Professor of Economics,
Universidad de Buenos Aires-CONICET,

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Agnès Zabsonré

PEP Research Fellow

Assistant Professor,
Department of Economics and Management,
Université Nazi Boni,
Burkina Faso

Asiya Maskaeva

Asiya Maskaeva

PEP Research Fellow

Senior Lecturer,
Department of Economics
University of Dodoma,

Jorge Pablo Puig

Jorge Pablo Puig

PEP Research Fellow

Full time professor,
Universidad Nacional de La Plata,

Filipe Lage de Sousa

Filipe Lage de Sousa

PEP Research Fellow

Universidade Federal Fluminense,
Economics Department,

Eleni Yitbarek

Eleni Yitbarek

PEP Research Fellow

Post-doctoral research fellow,
University of Pretori,
South Africa


Former PEP Research Fellows

Adeola Adenikinju, Professor, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Mohamed Ayadi, Professor, University of Tunis, Tunisia

Mitzie Irene Conchada, Associate Professor, School of Economics, De La Salle University, Philippines

Jorge Davalos, Director of Research, Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP), Peru

Abdel-Rahmen El Lagha, Assistant Professor, University of Tunis, Tunisia

Carmen Estrades, Associate Professor, Universidad de la República, Uruguay

Werner Hernani-Limarino, Co-founder & Researcher, Fundacion ARU, Bolivia

Diana Kruger, Associate Professor, Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, Chile

Lulit Mitik Beyene, Consultant on Economy-wide Impact Analysis, World Bank, Ethiopia/United States

Junette Perez, Associate Professor, De La Salle University, Philippines

Abdoulaye Seck, Professor, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Senegal

Fabio Soares, Researcher, International Policy Centre, for Inclusive Growth, Brazil


2020-2021 PEP Fellow Publication Awards

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020-2021 awards for the best journal publications authored by a PEP Research Fellow (three prizes) and the most downloaded PEP working paper co-authored by a PEP Research Fellow (one prize).

These prizes aim to support PEP's Research Fellow community and recognize their achievements. They reward the efforts of the Fellows to promote Southern-led research and offer an alternative to the high-profile Northern-based, global economic development research centres and think tanks.

The PEP Program Committee assessed the applications for "best publications" based on the PEP journal classification, SCImago Journal Rank (SJR - a measure of the scientific influence or impact of the journal), as well as the regional, gender and program balance.

The Program Committee was impressed by the high quality of all submissions and the particularly outstanding publications of the four prize winners:

Best journal publications

First prize: Guillermo Cruces 

For M. Bergolo, G. Cruces, The anatomy of behavioral responses to social assistance when informal employment is highJournal of Public Economics, Volume 193, 2021.

Second prize: Kibrom Abay

For Kibrom A. Abay, Gashaw T. Abate, Christopher B. Barrett, Tanguy Bernard, Correlated non-classical measurement errors, 'Second best' policy inference, and the inverse size-productivity relationship in agricultureJournal of Development Economics, Volume 139, 2019, Pages 171-184.

Third prize: Ronelle Burger 

For Canh Thien Dang, Ronelle Burger, and Trudy Owens, Do Better-Performing Nongovernmental Organizations Report More Accurately? Evidence from Financial Accounts in UgandaEconomic Development and Cultural Change, Volume 69, Number 2, 2021

Most downloaded PEP working paper co-authored by a Research Fellow

We thank Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) for providing funding that made this competition possible. We hope to repeat similar competitions in the future, subject to the availability of funding.


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