Theres Lessing

Theres Lessing is a Policy Economist in the IGC London Hub and is the thematic lead for State, with a focus on political economy and governance. She holds an MPhil Economics from the University of Oxford and a BA Economics from the University of Exeter.

Content by Theres Lessing
  • Publications Reader Item

    Filling the gap: How information can help jobseekers

    29 Jan 2019

  • Publication - Growth Brief

    Filling the gap: How information can help jobseekers

    This Growth Brief presents new evidence on interventions that target gaps in labour market information. It finds interventions that certify skills are particularly effective at helping jobseekers secure higher-paying jobs.

    29 Jan 2019 | Stefano Caria, Theres Lessing

  • Blog post

    Choices, choices: Should IDOs give their employees more autonomy, or simply choose them better?

    Dan Honig argues International Development Organisations (IDOs) should give their employees more autonomy in decision-making, particularly in unpredictable situations with hard-to-measure project aims. Crucially, this presumes motivated agents. The answer to this: better hiring. Dan Honig recently published the book Navigation by Judgment - Why and When Top Down Management...

    23 Nov 2018 | Theres Lessing

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    Apples, oranges and other fruit: Different forms of poverty

    US destitution is different to that found in developing countries, given the prevalence of social safety nets and better access to services. However, there are similar factors keeping people in poverty, such as poverty traps and inefficient government intervention. Better social safety nets are an important part of reducing the difference. In my last blog post, I touched...

    25 Jul 2018 | Theres Lessing

  • Blog post

    US foreign aid: How is it spent?

    Angus Deaton argues that 3-5 million Americans are “as destitute as the world’s poorest people”, and wants us to adjust aid spending accordingly. His argument has flaws: he mixes data and ignores the fact that the US is already spending a lot more domestically than abroad. In late January 2018, Angus Deaton, 2015 Nobel Prize winner for his work on welfare and...

    19 Mar 2018 | Theres Lessing