The School would like to congratulate Jagjit Chadha on his appointment as the Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), with effect from May this year.
Jagjit Chadha is currently a Professor in the School of Economics and Mercers' School Memorial Professor of Commerce at Gresham College. He has held previous academic posts at the Universities of Cambridge, Southampton and St Andrews and has also worked as an economist at the Bank of England and BNP Paribas. Throughout his career he has been a commentator and researcher on a wide range of macro-economic policy issues.
A new discussion paper by Francis Awuku Darko, KDPE 1603, March 2016
This paper considers the possibility of mission drift in microfinance; a situation where Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) move away from targeting the poor and towards better-off clients. Using two different measures of poverty, the paper examines whether microfinance institutions in Uganda follow a developmental objective by expanding their access to poorer districts; and if the pattern observed varies across different types of MFIs. The analysis is conducted on 118 MFIs over the period 2009–2013; adopting a static count data model and dynamic regression approach. We find that MFIs in Uganda are more likely to target richer districts during earlier years; however, poorer districts tend to catch up over time.
Dr Alex Klein, Senior Lecturer in Economics at the School, has been appointed by the Council for Research, Development and Innovation (CRDI), an advisory body to the Government of the Czech Republic, as a panel member of the Verification and Review Panel for Research Assessment (Oborový verifikaní a hodnotící panel (OVHP) in Czech).
The purpose of the panel is to assess the quality of research conducted at Czech research institutions, and is an equivalent of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in the UK.
The School of Economics wishes to extend a warm welcome to three new academic colleagues.
Dr Alfred Duncan will join the School as Lecturer in Financial Macroeconomics in the Summer 2016. He completed his Doctoral studies at the University of Glasgow and since 2015 has held the post of College Lecturer and Fellow in Economics at Christ’s College, Cambridge. His main research area is in macroeconomics with incomplete financial markets.
Dr Andrey Launov will also join Kent Economics in the summer as Senior Lecturer in Labour Economics. Dr Launov is from the University of Mainz, and has held previous appointments at Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, and the Universities of Würzburg and Göttingen after gaining his PhD at the University of Munich entitled ‘Structural estimation of search equilibrium models with wage posting’ in 2006.