Paul Niehaus

Paul Niehaus is  Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of California, San Diego, where he works with governments in emerging markets to improve the implementation of social programmes. He is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a Junior Affiliate at the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), an Affiliate of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), and an Affiliate at the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA). He is also co-founder and president of Give Directly, currently the top-rated nonprofit by Give Well and ranked among the 25 most audacious companies (Inc) and 10 most innovative companies in finance (Fast Company). He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. In 2013 Foreign Policy named him one of its 100 leading “Global Thinkers.”

Content by Paul Niehaus
  • Project

    Spatial equilibrium effects of positive wealth shocks

    From the perspective of urban economics, a core constraint facing rural populations is likely their inability to concentrate purchasing power geographically. This is driven by the fact that (i) most primary export products (agricultural goods) require a lot of land, relative to labour for production, and (2) are exports are typically low-margin commodities.  We propose to...

    25 Feb 2016 | Edward Miguel, Paul Niehaus, Johannes Haushofer, Michael Walker

  • Blog post

    Biometric payment systems and welfare benefits

    Biometric payment systems are claimed to reduce leakages in public welfare programmes. Indeed, 230 programmes in more than 80 countries are currently deploying such systems to improve security and reduce corruption and fraud. Yet, there is limited evidence on their effectiveness

    12 Dec 2014 | Karthik Muralidharan, Paul Niehaus, Sandip Sukhtankar