Martin Mwale is a Malawian PhD candidate at the Economics Department of the Stellenbosch University of South Africa. He graduated cum laude with a Masters of Commerce in Economics from the same department in 2019. He also holds a Masters in Cooperation and Development obtained from the University of Pavia, Italy. He is a Development Economist by profession and training. He served the Malawi Government as a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist in the Programmes, Projects and Social Economic Policy division for 3 years after completing his undergraduate degree. Martin has mastered quantitative methods of analysis including the use of statistical software such as Stata and QGIS. His research interest is in Micro-Econometrics and household welfare analysis within the fields of Development Economics, Agricultural Economics, Labour Economics, and Social Policy. Currently, he is working on “Measuring the household welfare effects of the Malawi Farm Input Subsidy Program”.
Dieter von Fintel is an associate professor in the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch, as well as a research affiliate of LEAP, RESEP and IZA. He is an applied micro-econometrician seeking to understand long-run and short-run effects of policies on development, labour markets and households in Africa, as well as spatial and generational persistence.