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Paul J. Gertler - Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA, US

Paul J. Gertler Paul J. Gertler

Professor | Li Ka Shing Professor of Economics | Professor, School of Public Health | Scientific Director, Center for Effective Global Action | University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA, UNITED STATES

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Areas of Expertise (5)

Health Economics

Impact Evaluation

Poverty Alleviation

Early Childhood Development and Education

Labor Markets

About

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.

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Investing in Young Children Globally: The Cost of Inaction Banking on Trust: How debit cards help the poor save more Paul Gertler: Rethinking Replication in Economics

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Education (2)

University of Wisconsin: PhD, Economics

University of Wisconsin: BA, Economics

Honors & Awards (6)

Honorary Doctorate, Erasmus University, The Netherlands

2015

Committee on Teaching Excellence (CoTE) Award, UC Berkeley

2014

Juan Jose Bobadilla Medal for Global Health

2013

Research Medal, Global Development Network

2002

Academic Leadership Award, National Institutes of Health

1998

Kenneth Arrow Award, International Health Economics Association

1996

Selected External Service & Affiliations (6)

  • Member, American Economic Association
  • Member, American Public Health Association
  • Member, Econometric Society
  • Member, Health Economics Research Organization
  • Faculty Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Founding Member, International Health Economics Association

Positions Held (1)

At Haas since 1996

1996 – present, Li Ka Shing Professor of Economics, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
1996 – present, Professor, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley
2010 – present, Scientific Director, Center for Effective Global Action, UC Berkeley
2012 – 2013, Director, Clausen Center for International Economics and Policy, UC Berkeley
2010 – 2012, Founding Chair, Board of Directors, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), New Delhi, India
2000 – 2012, Director, Graduate Program in Health Management, UC Berkeley
2008 – 2011, Director, Institute of Business and Economics Research, UC Berkeley
2004 – 2006, Chief Economist, Human Development Network, The World Bank
1994 – 1996, Visiting Professor, Department of Economics, Harvard University
1988 – 1996, Senior Economist, RAND, Santa Monica, CA
1986 – 1988, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard University
1983 – 1986, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, SUNY Stony Brook
1978 – 1980, Analyst, Office of Health Economics, Department of Health, State of Wisconsin

Media Appearances (5)

This Economist Reveals the Deadly Truth About the Trump Administration’s Assault on Breastfeeding

Mother Jones  online

2018-07-10

President Donald Trump’s delegation to the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly recently bullied smaller, less wealthy nations in an failed effort to crush a resolution urging mothers to breastfeed infants. In a recent paper, Prof. Paul Gertler and a team of colleagues compared infant mortality rates in regions that had access to infant formula with regions that didn’t. In 1981—the height of a controversy over Nestlé’s aggressive marketing of formula to mothers in poor countries—the “availability of formula” resulted in approximately 66,000 infant deaths in areas with bad water, they found.

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Trump stance on breast-feeding and formula criticized by medical experts

New York Times  online

2018-07-09

Global health experts said the president’s stance suggested a lack of knowledge about the history of the marketing of powdered formula to developing countries, where there is a lack of clean water to mix with forumula. A recent study by Paul J. Gertler, Li Ka Shing Professor, found that 66,000 infants died in low- and middle-income countries in 1981 alone because of the availability of formula.

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A groundbreaking study offers undeniable proof that the fight against inequality starts with moms

Quartz  online

2018-02-21

“If we want to attack poverty, the place to start is very early in life,” says Paul Gertler, an economist who studied the long-term effects of the Jamaica program.

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Disney is offering a free education program — why women might benefit more than men

MarketWatch  online

2018-01-25

"Job training creates different expectations among men than women, according to a 2017 report from the World Bank, the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, the Universidad Nacional de La Plata in Argentina and the Inter-American Development Bank, a Washington, D.C.-based company that finances development in Latin America and the Caribbean."

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Plant Trees To Save Energy

Engerati  online

2016-03-02

"In Mexico, a recent study from the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley predicts there will be near universal saturation of air conditioning in all warm areas within just a few decades."

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Selected Papers & Publications (18)

How to Make Replication the Norm Nature

Paul Gertler, Sebastian Galiani, and Mauricio Romero

2018

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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 Journal of the European Economic Association

​Sebastian Galiani, Paul J Gertler, and Raimundo Undurraga

2018

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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 PLoS ONE

Bertha Briceño, Aidan Coville, Paul Gertler, and Sebastian Martinez

2017

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Digital Financial Services Reduce Transaction Costs and Improve Financial Inclusion American Economic Association Papers and Proceedings​

Pierre Bachas, Paul Gertler, Sean Higgins, and Enrique Seira

2017

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Long-Run Effects of Temporary Incentives on Medical Care Productivity American Economic Journal: Applied Economics

Pablo Celhay, Paul Gertler, Paula Giovagnoli, and Christel Vermeersch

2017

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Books or Laptops? The Cost-Effectiveness of Shifting from Printed to Digital Delivery of Educational Content Economics of Education Review

Paul Gertler, Rosangela Bando, Francisco Gallego, and Dario Romero

2017

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Shelter from the Storm: Upgrading Housing Infrastructure in Latin American Slums ​Journal of Urban Economics

Sebastian Galiani, Paul J. Gertler, Raimundo Undurraga, Ryan Cooper, Sebastian Martinez, and Adam Ross

2017

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Physician Ownership of Complementary Medical Services Journal of Public Economics

Brian K. Chen, Paul J. Gertler, and Chun-Yuh Yang

2016

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Investing in the Foundation of Sustainable Development: Pathways to Scale for Early Childhood Development The Lancet

​L Richter, B Daelmand, J Lomdardi, J Heymann, F Lopez Boo, J Behrman, C Lu, J Lucas, R Perez-Escamilla, T Dua, Z Bhutta, K Stenberg, P Gertler, and G Darmstadt

2016

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Non-Contributory Pensions Labour Economics

Sebastian Galiani, Paul Gertler, and Rosangela Bando

2016

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The Demand for Energy-Using Assets Among the World’s Rising Middle Classes American Economic Review

Paul Gertler, Orie Shelef, Catherine Wolfram, and Alan Fuch

2016

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Contribution of Air Conditioning Adoption to Future Energy Use Under Global Warming ​Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA

Lucas Davis and Paul Gertler

2015

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Using Provider Performance Incentives to Increase HIV Testing and Counseling Services in Rwanda Journal of Health Economics

Damien de Walque, Paul J. Gertler, Sergio Bautista-Arredondo, Ada Kwan, Christel Vermeerschd, Jean de Dieu Bizimana , Agnès Binagwaho, and Jeanine Condo

2014

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Wealthy, Healthy and Wise: Does Money Compensate for Being Born into Difficult Conditions? Applied Economics Letters

Paul Gertler, James Manley, and Lia Fernald

2014

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Labor Market Returns to an Early Childhood Stimulation Intervention in Jamaica Science

Paul Gertler, James Heckman, Rodrigo Pinto, Arianna Zanolini, Christel Vermeersch, Susan Walker, Susan M. Chang, and Sally Grantham-McGregor

2014

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The Effect of India’s Total Sanitation Campaign on Defecation Behaviors and Child Health in Rural Madhya Pradesh: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial ​PLoS Med

Sumeet R. Patil, Benjamin F. Arnold, Alicia L. Salvatore, Bertha Briceno, Sandipan Ganguly, John M. Colford Jr., Paul J. Gertler

2014

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Cash for Coolers: Evaluating a Large-Scale Appliance Replacement Program in Mexico American Economic Journal: Economic Policy

Lucas W. Davis, Alan Fuchs, and Paul Gertler

2014

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Financial Crisis and Productivity Evolution: Evidence from Indonesia The World Economy

Paul Gertler, Sharon Poczter, and Alexander D. Rothenberg

2013

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