Menno Pradhan

Menno Pradhan

  • Senior Fellow
  • Senior academic staff AIGHD
  • Professor of Project & Program Evaluation, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and University of Amsterdam

Prof. Menno Pradhan’s research interests are in the areas of basic education, early childhood development, community empowerment, and health. All of his work is empirical, using applied Mirco-economic techniques and usually based on household surveys or surveys that were specifically designed for an impact evaluation. He is a Professor of Economics at the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He is also a Lead Researcher on The Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) Programme Indonesia Team. RISE is a global research endeavor that seeks to understand how education systems in developing countries can overcome the learning crisis. He works in the areas of health, education, and poverty, focusing on the evaluation of policies in these areas.  Besides Indonesia, he recently has conducted research in Ghana, Kenya, and Uganda.

Before joining the University of Amsterdam and AIGHD, he worked as a Senior Education Economist at the World Bank office in Jakarta, Indonesia. Menno received his Ph.D. in economics from Tilburg University and worked subsequently at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and Cornell University. He is a fellow of the Tinbergen Institute and JPAL.

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Double for Nothing? Experimental Evidence on an Unconditional Teacher Salary Increase in Indonesia.
With Joppe de Ree, Karthik Muralidharan, and Halsey Rogers.
The Quarterly Journal of Economics, forthcoming.

The Impact of Expanding Access to Early Childhood Education Services in Rural Indonesia.
With Sally Anne Brinkman, Amer Hasan, Haeil Jung, Angela Kinnell.
Journal of Labor Economics, 2017 35:S1, pp305-335.

Improving educational quality through enhancing community participation : results from a randomized field experiment in Indonesia.
First author with D. Suryadarma, A. Beatty, M. Wong, A. Gaduh, , A. Alishjabana and R.P. Artha.
American Economic Journal, Applied Economics Vol. 6 No. 2, April 2014, pages 105-126.

The price and utility dependence of equivalence scales: evidence from Indonesia.
With Joppe de Ree and Rob Alessie.
Journal of Public Economics Volume 97, January 2013, Pages 272–281.

Marginal benefit incidence of public health spending: Evidence from Indonesian sub-national data.
With Ioana Kruse and Robert Sparrow.
Journal of Health Economics, Volume 31, Issue 1, January 2012 , pages 147-157.