Matt Lowe

Matt is an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia. He received my PhD in Economics from MIT in 2018, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the briq Institute from 2018-2019. He uses field and natural experiments to study the origins, nature, and malleability of relations between groups, whether relating to caste, politics, religion, or gender.

Content by Matt Lowe
  • Project

    Cash and compliance with social distancing: Experimental evidence from Ghana

    Due to high population density, difficulty in enforcing compliance with social distancing and self-isolation, and economic vulnerability, the COVID-19 pandemic may be especially devastating for households in African countries. This project aims to understand the role that cash transfers can play as a policy tool both to increase household resilience during the pandemic...

    14 Jul 2021 | Chris Udry, Matt Lowe, Dean Karlan

  • Blog post

    Cash transfers as COVID-19 relief: Evidence from Ghana

    Well-targeted mobile money transfer programmes can be an effective policy tool to smooth consumption during pandemics, especially among the neediest populations. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected economic activity and imperilled the livelihoods of people across the globe. Its effects on the poor in developing countries has been particularly severe, as these citizens are...

    7 Jun 2021 | Dean Karlan, Matt Lowe, Robert Darko Osei, Isaac Osei-Akoto, Ben Roth, Chris Udry

  • Project

    Do bureaucrats acculturate? Evidence from a long-running natural experiment in India

    This project explores the extent cultural norms around corruption and inaction are adopted over time by bureaucrats. By utilising the random assignment of elite bureaucrats to states with varying cultures of corruption and inaction, the team studies how the bureaucrat’s environment influences their preferences, values, and behaviour. Inaction and corruption of...

    9 Nov 2020 | Nishith Prakash, Raymond J. Fisman, Matt Lowe