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Erwin Knippenberg

Cornell University
PhD Candidate
I am a PhD Candidate in applied economics at Cornell University, writing my dissertation on resilience measurement in the context of poverty and climate change. I work on applying a resilience paradigm to impact evaluation by combining on the ground and remote-sensing data. I have ongoing projects in Ethiopia, Malawi, Madagascar and Nepal. I am also an editor and regular contributor to the development economics blog 'Economics that really matters'. Prior to Cornell I was an ODI Fellow at the Liberian Ministry of Finance. I helped set up the development coordination unit, worked closely with donors on aligning projects with national priorities, and provided technical support to Liberia’s statistical agency. As a member of the UK based Entrepreneur First accelerator I worked with GrainCoast, a Liberian organic agriculture Co-operative. I have a MSC in Economics for Development from Oxford and a joint BS/MA from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Identifying the Predictors of Resilience, A Case Study From Malawi: Subsistence households are particularly vulnerable to droughts, pests and other shocks to their livelihoods. We use LASSO and Random Forest to identify which households are least resilient, and which characteristics are the best predictors of future food insecurity.