Josh Merfeld

Assistant Professor
KDI School of Public Policy and Management, IZA

I am an assistant professor at the wonderful KDI School of Public Policy and Management and a research affiliate at IZA.

My research and teaching interests include the microeconomics of development -- especially labor, agriculture, and productivity -- applied microeconometrics, labor markets in developing countries, and poverty. I am particularly interested in how market failures affect household and individual resource allocation decisions. Some of my research has looked at the effects of public works programs, non-farm entrepreneurship, agriculture, and structural transformation. Ongoing work looks at how people reallocate labor in response to climate change, how we measure poverty, and the effects of education on labor market outcomes.