Will Thompson

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Leads technical design and execution of evaluations at IDinsight, contributes to sector-leading monitoring systems.

Will Thompson is an Economist at IDinsight based in New Delhi, India.

Will oversees the technical design and analysis of impact evaluations, process evaluations, and design of complex sample surveys. He currently supports several projects, including the measurement of key performance indicators in across India’s Aspirational Districts, and IDinsight’s agriculture learning partnership with the government of India. Will’s sectoral focus is primarily in agriculture, and his research interests include capacity building and human/social capital formation, economic resilience, and behavioral economics.

Prior to joining IDinsight, Will was a PhD student in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Georgia, where his dissertation research focused on productive asset transfers to poor and marginalized women, as well as household resilience to shocks. While completing his PhD, Will led a large-scale randomized control trial of Heifer International’s productive asset transfer programs in Nepal, evaluating a broad range of welfare outcomes. He also led or supported impact evaluations in Haiti and West Africa.

Will holds a B.A. in History from Davidson College, and a PhD in Applied Economics from the University of Georgia.

Selected Publications

  • "Short-Term Impacts of a Pay-It-Forward Livestock Transfer and Training Program in Nepal," (with Sarah Janzen, Nicholas Magnan, and Sudhindra Sharma) AEA Papers and Proceedings, 108 (2018): 422-25. (Article)

  • "Aspirations failure and formation in rural Nepal," (with Sarah Janzen, Nicholas Magnan, and Sudhindra Sharma) Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 139 (2017): 1-25. (Article)

  • “Predicting Success in a Productive Asset Transfer Program: A Goat Program in Haiti,” (with Nicholas Magnan) Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 39, no. 2 (2017), Pages 363–385. (Article)