Manuela Angelucci is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her PhD at University College London in 2005. Her main field is development economics.

She joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in January 2004 and became a Research Fellow in October 2006.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 9288

How do peers influence the impact of incentives? Despite much work on incentives, little is known about the spillover effects of incentives. We investigate two mechanisms by which these effects can occur: through peers' actions and peers' incentives. In a field experiment on snack choice (grapes versus cookies), we randomize...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9033

This paper is a practical guide for researchers and practitioners who want to understand spillover effects in program evaluation. The paper defines spillover effects and discusses why it is important to measure them. It explains how to design a field experiment to measure the average effects of the treatment on...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7726
revised version published in: The Review of Economics and Statistics, 2015, 97(1), 224-228

Using data collected for the evaluation of the rural component of Oportunidades, Mexico's flagship anti-poverty program, I show that poor households' entitlement to an exogenous, temporary but guaranteed income stream increases US migration even if this income is mainly consumed and that some households likely use the entitlement to this...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7439
substantially revised version published as "Microcredit Impacts: Evidence from a Randomized Microcredit Program Placement Experiment by Compartamos Banco" in: American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2015, 7 (1), 151-182

Theory and evidence have raised concerns that microcredit does more harm than good, particularly when offered at high interest rates. We use a clustered randomized trial, and household surveys of eligible borrowers and their businesses, to estimate impacts from an expansion of group lending at 110% APR by the largest...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4499
published in: B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy: Contributions to Economic Analysis and Policy . 2009, 9 (1)

This paper documents how the structure of extended family networks in rural Mexico relates to the poverty and inequality of the village of residence. Using the Hispanic naming convention, we construct within-village extended family networks in 504 poor rural villages. Family networks are larger (both in the number of members...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4498
published in: Institutional Microeconomics of Development, edited by Timothy Besley and Raji Jayaraman, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2010.

We provide descriptive evidence on the characteristics of a household’s extended family network using data from the Progresa social assistance program in rural Mexico. We exploit information on the paternal and maternal surnames of household heads and their spouses and the patronymic naming convention to identify the inter and intra...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4497
published in: Journal of Public Economics, 2010, 94 (3-4), 197-221

We present evidence on whether and how a household's behavior is influenced by the presence and characteristics of its extended family. Using data from the PROGRESA program in Mexico, we exploit information on the paternal and maternal surnames of heads and spouses in conjunction with the Spanish naming convention to...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4475
published in: Economic Development and Cultural Change, 57:3, 479-506, April 2009.

In this paper we estimate the effect of the Mexican conditional cash transfer program, Oportunidades, on consumption, and we explore some issues related to participation to the program and to the estimation of treatment effects. We discuss the comparability of treatment and control areas, provide evidence that the expected transfer...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2706
published in: B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy: Contributions to Economic Analysis and Policy, 2008, 8(1), Article 43

What causes alcohol abuse and domestic violence and how can we stop them? These behaviors have multiple determinants, making the effects of changes in wife's and husband's income ambiguous. This paper estimates the effects of exogenous changes in wife's and husband's income on husband alcohol abuse and alcohol-induced violence using...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2368

In this paper we discuss several methodological issues related to the identification and estimation of Average Treatment on the Treated (ATT) effects in the presence of low compliance. We consider non-experimental data consisting of a treatment group, where a program is implemented, and of a control group that is non-randomly...