Owen Ozier is an Economist in the World Bank's Development Research Group, Human Development and Public Services Team.
He received his M.Eng. and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999, and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2010.
He began working on research projects in Kenya in 2003; though he continues to work in Kenya, his current research topics also include education, health, labor markets, and economic decisions elsewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa and around the world
Owen joined IZA as a Research Fellow in June 2017
We conducted a randomized evaluation of two labor market interventions targeted to young women aged 18 to 19 in three of Nairobi's poorest neighborhoods. One treatment offered participants a bundled intervention designed to simultaneously relieve credit and human capital constraints; a second treatment provided women with an unrestricted cash grant,...
We estimate the impact of Kenya's post-election crisis on individual risk preferences. The crisis interrupted a longitudinal survey of more than five thousand Kenyan youth, creating plausibly exogenous variation in exposure to civil conflict by the time of the survey. We measure individual risk preferences using hypothetical lottery choice questions...