Richard Akresh

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Richard Akresh is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His primary research interests are in microeconomic development and labor economics focusing predominantly on children’s welfare issues in developing countries. He has examined the institution of child fostering in West Africa, as well as its impact on human capital investment for the involved children. Current research explores the impact of civil conflicts on human capital and health investments for young children. He is also interested in issues about migration, child labor, and intrahousehold bargaining.


Economics 450: Development Economics

Office Address

411 1407 W Gregory Dr M/C 707

Urbana, IL 61801

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Education/Academic qualification

Economics, Ph.D., Yale University

Award Date: Aug 4 2019

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Research Output

  • First and Second Generation Impacts of the Biafran War

    Akresh, R., Bhalotra, S. R., Leone, M. & Osili, U. O., Aug 31 2017, 70 p. (IZA Discussion Paper; no. 10938).

    Research output: Working paper

  • Alternative Cash Transfer Delivery Mechanisms: Impacts on Routine Preventative Health Clinic Visits in Burkina Faso

    Akresh, R. S., Walque, D. D. & Kazianga, H., 2016, African Successes: Human Capital. Edwards, S., Johnson, S. & Weil, D. N. (eds.). University of Chicago Press, Vol. 2. p. 113-135

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Altruism, cooperation, and efficiency: Agricultural production in polygynous households

    Akresh, R., Chen, J. J. & Moore, C. T., Jul 2016, In : Economic Development and Cultural Change. 64, 4, p. 661-696 36 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Climate change, conflict, and children

    Akresh, R., Mar 1 2016, In : Future of Children. 26, 1, p. 51-71 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle