Josh Merfeld is an Assistant Professor at the KDI School of Public Policy and Management (KDIS). Prior to joining KDIS, he was a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU. His research interests include the microeconomics of development -- especially labor, agriculture, and productivity -- applied microeconometrics, and labor markets in developing countries. He is particularly interested in how market failures affect household and individual resource allocation decisions. Some of his research has looked at the effects of public works programs, non-farm entrepreneurship, intrahousehold bargaining, and agriculture. His work centers on both South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Josh received his PhD from the University of Washington in 2018.

Josh joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in September 2020.