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Joachim Vandercasteelen

PhD Candidate, University of Leuven, The World Bank

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Joachim Vandercasteelen is finalizing a PhD in Economics from the University of Leuven, based at the LICOS Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance under the supervision of Professor Jo Swinnen. His research interests focus on agricultural economics, and more generally on agricultural policy, institutions, food security issues and development economics. 

As part of his PhD, Joachim studies the impact and determinants of the adoption of improved technologies to increase agricultural productivity at the farm level. In particular, he evaluates the impact of a government intervention to increase staple crop (teff) production in Ethiopia by promoting improved sowing technologies, using data from a Randomized Control Trial. His other main PhD research focusses on the link between urban proximity and agricultural transformation in Ethiopia, and the role of big cities versus secondary towns. His work in Ethiopia is in collaboration with Bart Minten from the International Food Policy Institute, and Joachim did a 6 month internship at the Ethiopian Strategy Support Program. 

As of mid-July 2016, Joachim will be working as consultant for the World Bank (under supervision of Luc Christiaensen) to coordinate the impact evaluation of the WINnERS project within the Patient Procurement Platform.

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