Nicholas Swanson

Nicholas is a PhD Student at UC Berkeley.

Content by Nicholas Swanson
  • Project

    Understanding consumption seasonality in Zambia

    Consumption seasonality is prevalent across many poor countries, particularly those with large agricultural sectors. Farmers in these countries typically have abundant food after harvest, but struggle to make it last to the next harvest, resulting in three major implications: Reduction in the number of meals consumed and caloric intake at certain times of the year; ...

    10 Oct 2019 | Kelsey Jack, Supreet Kaur, Nicholas Swanson, Felix Masiye, Ned Augenblick

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Urban density, trust, and knowledge sharing in Lusaka, Zambia

    This project aims to investigate the channels through which urban agglomeration can foster (or hinder) firm growth in developing countries. This brief presents the first stage of this research agenda, the collection of a new dataset mapping the spatial distribution of all the businesses in Lusaka: the Lusaka Census of Urban Entrepreneurs (47,428 firms),...

    15 May 2017 | Nava Ashraf, Calvin Chiu, Alexia Delfino, Edward Glaeser, Nicholas Swanson

  • Blog post

    Urban density, trust, and knowledge sharing in Lusaka

    A recent IGC study looks at the relationship between urban density, in the context of Lusaka, trust and knowledge sharing among small-scale  manufacturing firms. Zambia’s urban population is set to reach 12 million by 2030 – double its urban population as of 2015. Economic theory suggests that urban density can facilitate economic growth through agglomeration...

    31 Jan 2017 | Alexia Delfino, Nicholas Swanson