Torben Fischer

A trained economist with a passion for social impact and research interests in health financing, agriculture and youth empowerment.

Torben Fischer is an Economist at IDinsight, currently based in Germany.

Torben oversees the technical design and execution of impact evaluations and process evaluations at IDinsight. He has worked on projects related to health, youth unemployment, education, agriculture and impact investing across several countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania) and Asia (Pakistan, India). Currently, Torben is leading an impact evaluation of the Africa Poultry Multiplication Initiative, a multi-million-dollar grant organized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to expand the sale of improved poultry to small-holder farmers in rural Tanzania and Nigeria.

Prior to IDinsight, Torben led a large-scale randomized control trial in Pakistan’s low-income health insurance sector to assess trade-offs between product design and financial sustainability. He has co-founded Recycle Up! Ghana, an initiative to address waste challenges in Ghana with entrepreneurial approaches.

Torben holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Mannheim, Germany, during which he also studied at the University of California, Berkeley and the University College London.



Selected Publications

  • Adverse Selection in Low-Income Health Insurance Markets : Evidence from a large-scale RCT in Pakistan, 2016. (Working Paper)

  • Access and Adoption of Hybrid Seeds: Evidence from Uganda, Journal of African Economies. (Forthcoming)