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Upcoming Ph.D. thesis defence(s):


“Essays in development economics: On agents' prosocial and financial behaviours”

Author: Modeste Dayé.

Date: 27-11-2020 (5pm).

Place: MS Teams (please contact francois-xavier.ledru@unamur.be in case you would like to attend).

Thesis supervisors: Prof. Romain Houssa (UNamur), Prof. Paul Reding (UNamur).

Jury: Prof. Benoît Decerf (UNamur, President), Prof. Jean-Marie Baland (UNamur), Prof. Stefan Dercon (Oxford University, UK), Prof. Denis Houensou Acclassato (Université d'Abomey-Calavi, Benin).

Abstract: This thesis stands on the broad banner of development economics. It focuses on agents’ economic behaviours both from the lens of their labour supply and their demand for financial services. The thesis gathers three chapters in the format of independent papers in which two main topics are discussed: (1) the bounded rationality observed in some aspects of labour supply with a focus on volunteering and, (2) financial inclusion policies for poor individuals in developing countries. In the first chapter, I have studied the salient motive (intrinsic vs extrinsic) for volunteering in the main organizations attracting this seemingly free labor force. In chapter 2, I evaluate in the framework of a randomized control trial (RCT), the impacts of expanding access to formal savings and liquidity devices to poor individuals’ on their total savings and well-being. Chapter 3 is a theoretical paper discussing a behavioral model aiming to rationalize poor and time-inconsistent microentrepreneurs’ investment decisions, when access to credit is provided and in a context of poor outside option.


Upcoming DeFiPP conference(s):


No upcoming DeFiPP conference.