Urbana, IL 61801
Richard Akresh is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His primary research interests are in microeconomic development and labor economics focusing predominantly on children’s welfare issues in developing countries. He has examined the institution of child fostering in West Africa, as well as its impact on human capital investment for the involved children. Current research explores the impact of civil conflicts on human capital and health investments for young children. He is also interested in issues about migration, child labor, and intrahousehold bargaining.
Economics, Ph.D., Yale University
Additional Campus Affiliations
Associate Professor, Economics
Associate Professor, Global Studies Programs and Courses
Akresh, R., Halim, D., & Kleemans, M. (2018). Long-term and Intergenerational Effects of Education: Evidence from School Construction in Indonesia. (NBER Working Paper Series; No. 25265). National Bureau of Economic Research. https://doi.org/10.3386/w25265
Akresh, R., Bhalotra, S. R., Leone, M., & Osili, U. O. (2017). First and Second Generation Impacts of the Biafran War. (IZA Discussion Paper; No. 10938).
Akresh, R. S., Walque, D. D., & Kazianga, H. (2016). Alternative Cash Transfer Delivery Mechanisms: Impacts on Routine Preventative Health Clinic Visits in Burkina Faso. In S. Edwards, S. Johnson, & D. N. Weil (Eds.), African Successes: Human Capital (Vol. 2, pp. 113-135). University of Chicago Press. https://doi.org/10.3386/w17785
Akresh, R., Chen, J. J., & Moore, C. T. (2016). Altruism, cooperation, and efficiency: Agricultural production in polygynous households. Economic Development and Cultural Change, 64(4), 661-696. https://doi.org/10.1086/686668
Akresh, R. (2016). Climate change, conflict, and children. Future of Children, 26(1), 51-71. https://doi.org/10.1353/foc.2016.0003