Silvia Prina received her PhD in Economics from Boston University in 2007. Her research examines development economics and applied microeconomics with a special focus on access to savings accounts and investment in education and health. She has been and is working on several field experiments in Nepal, Mexico, Tanzania, and the U.S. Additionally, Prina is interested in not only how aspirations of the poor can be shaped but also in their role in educational attainment. Her latest efforts focus on the impact of financial access on mental health and cognitive ability.
Prina’s research has appeared in the JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS, the JOURNAL OF HEALTH ECONOMICS, and the AMERICAN ECONOMIC JOURNAL: MICROECONOMICS. She has offered numerous presentations at universities and institutions including the NBER, Yale University, and the World Bank.
Since her appointment to the Weatherhead School of Management, Prina has taught courses including Development Economics, Principles of Microeconomics, and Intermediate Microeconomics. In 2015, she received the Teaching Award from the Wolstein Society as well as her second Undergraduate Teaching Award Nomination, Weatherhead. In 2011, she was honored with a nomination for the Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Case Western Reserve. Prina has received more than ten external grants as well as many grants from Weatherhead and Case Western Reserve for her research.Personal Website
PhD, Boston University, 2007
MA, Boston University, 2005
BA, Universita degli Studi Milano-Bicocca, 2002
Interests and Courses
Development Economics, Applied Microeconomics
Development Economics, Principles of Microeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics
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- Prina, S.
In E. Kwan Choi (Ed.),
Who Benefited More from NAFTA: Small or Large Farmers? Evidence from Mexico (vol. 17, issue 3, pp. 594-608). Review of Development Economics.
- Prina, S.
In Hazel Johnson and Paul Mosley (Ed.),
Effects of Border Price Changes on Agricultural Wages and Employment in Mexico Sheffield: Journal of International Development.
- Prina, S., Mookherjee, D., Ray, D.
In Andrew Postlewaite (Ed.),
A Theory of Endogenous Fertility with Occupational Choice (vol. 4, issue 4, pp. 1-34). Pittsburgh, PA : American Economic Journal - Microeconomics.
- Prina, S., Chiapa, C., Garrido, J. L.
In Elchanan Cohn (Ed.),
The Effect of Social Programs and Exposure to Professionals on the Educational Aspirations of the Poor (vol. 31, issue 5, pp. 778-798). Columbia, SC : Economics of Education Review.
- Prina, S. (Presenter & Author) Economics Department Seminar, "Banking the Poor via Savings Accounts: Evidence from a Field Experiment", Yale University, Yale University, New Haven CT. (2013).
- Prina, S. Annual Bank Conference in Development Economics, "The Effect of Social Programs and Exposure to Professionals on the Educational Aspirations of the Poor", World Bank, Stockholm. (2010).
- Prina, S. Children and Education Spring Meeting , "The Effect of Social Programs and Exposure to Professionals on the Educational Aspirations of the Poor", NBER, Boston. (2010).
Academic and Professional Activities
- European Association of Labor Economists. 2012 - Present
- Midwest Economics Association. 2011 - Present
- Population and Poverty Research Network. 2011 - Present
- Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association. 2008 - Present
- Member, Econometric Society. 2007 - Present
- American Economic Association. 2007 - Present
- Banamex Economic Prize, Banamex. (2011).