Richard Akresh is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on child health and education in Africa and spans the fields of development, health, and labor economics. He has explored the impact of conflict on human capital and health investments for young children as well as the long-term consequences of exposure to war as a child. He has studied how household structure and sibling rivalry impact households’ decisions concerning educational investments in their children. He has conducted randomized control trials of alternative ways to deliver cash transfers to poor households in Africa to improve child health and education. He is also interested in questions about child labor, migration, and intrahousehold bargaining.
Richard received his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University in 2004. He joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in January 2004 and became a Research Fellow in October 2006.