Alex Armand
Vitae Teaching

Assistant Professor, University of Navarra

Faculty Fellow, Navarra Center for International Development

Research Fellow, Institute for Fiscal Studies


Navarra Center for International Development
ICS - Universidad de Navarra
Edificio de Bibiotecas - Entrada Este, 2ª Planta
Pamplona 31009 Spain

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Skype me at armandalex


My research agenda cuts across multiple sectors related to the fields of applied microeconomics and development economics. A large share of my research agenda focuses on field experiments, that I implemented or currently implementing in a wide range of geographical areas, such as India, Eastern Europe, Mozambique, Bolivia and Central America. My main areas of interest are:

    - Social, Education and Health Policy in Developing Countries

    - Female Empowerment

    - Political Economy of Development


    Measuring and Changing Control: Women's Empowerment and Targeted Transfers
with I. Almås, O. Attanasio and P. Carneiro), Economic Journal
, vol. 128 (2018) 609-639.
Ungated version - Coverage: VoxEu, RES Media Briefings, Apolitical, World Bank Development Impact

    Demand Drops and Innovation Investments: Evidence from the Great Recession in Spain
    (with P. Mendi), Research Policy, vol. 47 (2018) 1321-1333.

    Ungated version

    Do Public Health Interventions Crowd Out Private Health Investments? Malaria Control Policies in Eritrea
    (with P. Carneiro, A. Locatelli, S. Mihreteab and J. Keating), Labour Economics, vol. 45 (2017) 107-115.

    Ungated version


    The Reach of Radio: Ending Civil Conflict through Rebel Demobilization
with P. Atwell and J. Gomes) - Revision requested at American Economic Review
    Latest draft - HiCN WP249
    Coverage: El Pais, RES Media Briefings, World Bank IE

    The Effect of Gender-Targeted Cash Transfers on Household Expenditures: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment
    (with O. Attanasio, P. Carneiro and V. Lechene) - Revision requested at Economic Journal
    Latest draft - IZA WP10133

    Coverage: El Diario Exterior

    Does Information Break the Political Resource Curse? Experimental Evidence from Mozambique
    (with P. Vicente
, A. Coutts and I. Vilela) - Submitted
Latest draft - NOVAFRICA WP1902
    Coverage: World Bank IE, El Pais

    Intra-household resource control, subjective expectations and human capital investment
    NCID WP0315

    Coverage: awarded  EALE Young Labour Economist Prize

    Are Parental Perceived Returns to Schooling predicting Future Schooling Decisions? Evidence from Macedonia
    NCID WP0215


    Community toilet use in slums: the role of informational and supply side constraints in Urban India
Joint with B. Augsburg (IFS), currently in the field - Project summary - AEA RCT Registry 3087
    Coverage: El Pais, The Times of India, Hindustan Times, Ideas & Innovations

    Local Labour Market Shocks and Subjective Expectations: Evidence from panel data
    Joint with P. Carneiro (UCL
) and A. Toppeta (UCL)

    Can Subsidized Employment Tackle Long-Term Unemployment? Experimental Evidence from Macedonia
    Joint with
P. Carneiro (UCL), F. Tagliati (Bank of Spain) and Y. Xia (UCL)

    Ocean Chemistry and Children's Health
    Joint with I. Kim Taveras (UNAV

    On the mechanics of the political resource curse
    Joint with P. Vicente (
Nova), A. Coutts (Nova) and I. Vilela (Nova), Project summary - AEA RCT Registry 2493

    Identifying the Effect of Targeted Money Transfers on Women's Empowerment
    Joint with with I. Almås (IIES), O. Attanasio (UCL) and P. Carneiro (UCL)

    Learning from a Publicly Subsidized Agricultural Insurance
    Joint with J. Gomes (UNAV)

    Productivity and rent-seeking in the lab
    Joint with D. Aycinena (U del Rosario) and A. Coutts (Nova)

    The Chance to be First: Individual resources and child inequality in Rural India