Susan W. Parker

Senior Fellow

Susan W. Parker is currently Professor at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland and Senior Fellow at CISSM. Her research focuses principally on education and health in developing countries and in particular on the evaluation of programs and public policies.  She has particular expertise in the areas of conditional cash transfer programs and targeting.  Her current projects include long term effects of conditional cash transfers, obesity in Mexico, and mobile banking in poor populations.  Recent publications include “Conditional Cash Transfers:  The case of Progresa/Oportunidades,”  2017 Journal of Economic Literature (with P Todd); “Aligning Learning Incentives of Students and Teachers: Results from a Social Experiment in Mexican High Schools,” Journal of Political Economy, 2015 (with J Behrman, K Wolpin and P Todd);  and "Information and Participation in a Social Program,” World Bank Economic Review, 2013 (with D Coady and C Martinelli). She holds a PhD and M.A. in Economics from Yale University and a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Franklin and Marshall College. She is currently a Research Affiliate at the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania and at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). She edits the journal Latin American Economic Review (LAER).