Joshua Merfield

Josh Merfeld is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Public Service at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.

He is a development economist interested in how and why households allocate their labour to different types of productive activities, including agricultural and non-farm self-employment, and how government policies affect labour allocation decisions. He also studies gender and decision-making, with a particular interest in how gender affects resource allocation decisions.

Josh holds a PhD from the University of Washington. He also hasĀ a Master’s of Public Policy from Georgia State University and a Bachelor’s from the University of Georgia.

Content by Joshua Merfield
  • Project

    The short-term effects of the COVID-19 lockdown on rural communities and self help group members

    India has imposed one of the strictest lockdowns in the world and it is important to understand whether existing and new welfare schemes are being implemented effectively enough to provide support to households that lose their livelihoods, especially in rural areas. This project uses remote data collection to improve our general understanding of how households are coping...

    17 Jul 2020 | Ashwini Deshpande, Joshua Merfield, Vijayendra Rao, Kritika Saxena, Lore Vandewalle