Paul Gertler

Li Ka Shing Professor of Economics, Haas School of Business
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Paul Gertler is the Li Ka Shing Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, where he holds appointments at the Haas School of Business and the School of Public Health. He is also the Scientific Director of the Center for Effective Global Action. Gertler is an internationally recognized expert in impact evaluation. He was Chief Economist of the Human Development Network of the World Bank from 2004-2007 and the Founding Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) from 2009-2012. At the World Bank, he led an effort to institutionalize and scale up impact evaluation for learning what works in human development. At Berkeley he teaches courses in applied impact evaluation at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, as well as in an executive education program for policy-makers. He is the author of the best-selling textbook “Impact Evaluation in Practice” and the recently released second edition, published by The World Bank Press. He has been a Principal Investigator on a large number of at-scale multisite impact evaluations, including Mexico’s CCT program Progresa/Oportunidades and Rwanda’s Health Care Pay-for-Performance scheme. He has published results from impact evaluations extensively in both scientific and policy journals on early childhood development, education, fertility and contraceptive use, health, HIV-AIDS, energy and climate change, housing, job training, poverty alleviation, labor markets, and water and sanitation. He was awarded the Kenneth Arrow Award for best paper in health economics in 1996. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1985, and, prior to UC Berkeley, he held academic appointments at Harvard University, RAND, and SUNY Stony Brook.

Publications & Media

Papers & Articles 

How to Make Replication the Norm

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The Half-Life of Happiness: Hedonic Adaptation in the Subjective Well-Being of Poor Slum Dwellers to the Satisfaction of Basic Housing Needs.

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Are There Synergies from Combining Hygiene and Sanitation Promotion Campaigns: Evidence from a Large-Scale Cluster-Randomized Trial in Rural Tanzania

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Digital Financial Services Reduce Transaction Costs and Improve Financial Inclusion

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Books or laptops? The effect of shifting from printed to digital delivery of educational content on learning

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Shelter from the Storm: Upgrading Housing Infrastructure in Latin American Slums

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Awards & Honors 
  • Honorary Doctorate, Erasmus University, The Netherlands, 2015
  • Committee on Teaching Excellence (CoTE) Award, UC Berkeley, 2014
  • Juan Jose Bobadilla Medal for Global Health, 2014
  • Research Medal, Global Development Network, 2002
  • Academic Leadership Award, National Institutes of Health, 1998
  • Kenneth Arrow Award - Best Paper in Health Economics, 1996

Publications & Media

Papers & Articles 

How to Make Replication the Norm

VIEW

The Half-Life of Happiness: Hedonic Adaptation in the Subjective Well-Being of Poor Slum Dwellers to the Satisfaction of Basic Housing Needs.

VIEW

Are There Synergies from Combining Hygiene and Sanitation Promotion Campaigns: Evidence from a Large-Scale Cluster-Randomized Trial in Rural Tanzania

VIEW

Digital Financial Services Reduce Transaction Costs and Improve Financial Inclusion

VIEW

Books or laptops? The effect of shifting from printed to digital delivery of educational content on learning

VIEW

Shelter from the Storm: Upgrading Housing Infrastructure in Latin American Slums

VIEW
VIEW MORE