Silvia Prina

Associate Professor

PhD Program Director

Co-Editor: Labour Economics

IZA Research Fellow

Research Interests

Development Economics, Applied Microeconomics

  • Financial Inclusion
  • Health

Curriculum Vitae


Saving Accounts' Interplay with Network-based Financial Arrangements: Evidence from a Field Experiment
with Margherita Comola
Economic Journal, forthcoming.

COVID-19 Movement Restrictions and Domestic Violence: Evidence from the U.S.
with Bilger Erten and Pinar Keskin
American Economic Review P&P, 2022, 112: 262-66.

Treatment Effect Accounting for Network Changes
with Margherita Comola
Review of Economics and Statistics, 2021, 103(3): 597–604.

Migration, Money Transfers and Mobile Money: Evidence from Niger
with Jenny Aker and Jamilah Welch
American Economic Review P&P, 2020, 110: 589-93.

Do Health Risk Assessments Change Eating Habits at the Workplace?
with Mariana Carrera and Syeda Hasan
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2020, 172: 236-246.

Incentives and Unintended Consequences: Spillover Effects in Food Choice
with Manuela Angelucci, Heather Royer, and Anya Samek
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2019, 11(4): 66-95.

CCTs and Financial Access: Increasing the Bang for Each Transferred Buck?
with Carlos Chiapa
Development Policy Review, 2017, 35(1):23-38.

The Effects of Financial Inclusion on Children's Schooling, Parental Aspirations and Expectations
with Carlos Chiapa and Adam Parker
Journal of International Development, 2016, 28(5): 683-696.

The Effect of Saving on Risk Attitudes and Intertemporal Choices
with Leandro Carvalho and Justin Sydnor
Journal of Development Economics, 2016, 120(5): 41-52.

Delivering Conditional Cash Transfers via Savings Accounts
IPC-UNDP One Pager, 2015, 292. ISSN: 2318-9118.

Banking the Poor via Savings Accounts: Evidence from a Field Experiment
Journal of Development Economics, 2015, 115: 16-31.

Effects of Border Price Changes on Agricultural Wages and Employment in Mexico
Journal of International Development, 2015, 27(1): 112–132

The Importance of Parental Knowledge: Evidence from Weight Report Cards in Mexico
with Heather Royer
Journal of Health Economics, 2014, 37: 232-247.

Who Benefited More from NAFTA: Small or Large Farmers? Evidence from Mexico
Review of Development Economics, 2013, 17(3): 594–608

The Effect of Social Programs and Exposure to Professionals on the Educational Aspirations of the Poor
with Carlos Chiapa and José Luis Garrido
Economics of Education Review, 2012, 31(1): 778-798

A Theory of Occupational Choice Endogenous Fertility
with Dilip Mookherjee and Debraj Ray
American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, 2012, 4(4): 1-34

Working Papers

Too Fast Too Furious? Digital Credit Speed and Repayment Rates
with Alfredo Burlando and Michael Khun
resubmitted, Review of Economics and Statistics
Media coverage: VoxDev

Transitory Income Changes and Consumption Smoothing: Evidence from Mexico
with Manuela Angelucci, Carlos Chiapa, and Irvin Rojas
revise and resubmit, Journal of Public Economics

C-Sections, Obesity, and Health-Care Specialization: Evidence from Mexico
with Catalina Herrera-Almanza and Fernanda Marquez-Padilla, revise and resubmit, World Bank Economic Review

Public Opinion, Racial Bias, and Labor Market Outcomes
with Kaveh Majlesi and Paul Sullivan, submitted

Can a Budget-Recording Tool Teach Financial Skills to Youth? Evidence from a Financial Diaries Study
with Veronica Frisancho and Alejandro Herrera, submitted

Government Shutdown and SNAP Disbursements: Effects on Household Expenditures
with Mindy Marks and Roy Gernhardt, submitted

Replication and Adaptation of Peer Messaging from Tuberculosis in India to COVID-19 in Zambia
with Alfredo Burlando, Pradeep Chintagunta, Jessica Goldberg, Melissa Graboyes, Dean Karlan, and Mario Macis, submitted

Work in Progress

A Second Chance at Financial Inclusion: The Impact of Repayment Plans and Incentives on Delinquent Digital Credit Borrowers
with Alfredo Burlando and Mike Kuhn

Long-Term Effects of Financial Education on Youth Financial Behavior: Evidence from Financial Diaries
with Veronica Frisancho and Alejandro Herrera

Milking It for All It's Worth: Digital Credit and Payments in the Dairy Sector
with Alfredo Burlando and Jessica Goldberg

Incentives and Participation in Health Risk Assessments: Money Matters, But More Is Not Always Better
with Mariana Carrera