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People Dr Clare Leaver

Research Fellow, Oxford Martin Programme on African Governance


Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy

Clare Leaver is Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and Fellow of University College. Prior to this, she was a University Lecturer in Economics in the Department of Economics at Oxford and Fellow of The Queen’s College. Clare completed her PhD studies at the University of Bristol, and remains an associate member of Bristol’s Centre for Public and Market Organization. She moved to the University of Oxford to take up a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in 2003, and was appointed to a University Lectureship in 2007. She is the Director of the Service Delivery Programme at the Oxford Institute for Global Economic Development, and Research Coordinator of RISE, Research into Improving Systems of Education Programme hosted by the Blavatnik School.

Much of Clare’s research focuses on careers and incentives within the public sector. In previous research, she has studied Public Utility Commissioners in the United States, and the senior judiciary in England and Wales. In current work, she is focusing on incentives for educators in low and middle-income countries. Specific projects include studies of: the effectiveness of paying for locally monitored teacher presence in Uganda; the impact of paying for teacher preparation and pedagogy, alongside more standard metrics of teacher presence and student performance, in Rwanda; and the welfare consequences of school ‘supply-side’ responses to the Right to Education Act in India.

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