Silvia Prina - Associate Professor, Economics

Faculty – Silvia Prina

Associate Professor, Economics
Office Hours: By Appointment Only

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.

PhD, Boston University, 2007
MA, Boston University, 2005
BA, Universita degli Studi Milano-Bicocca, 2002

Initially Appointed: 2007

Interests and Courses


Development Economics, Applied Microeconomics


Development Economics, Principles of Microeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics

Recent Courses and Syllabi

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Selected Publications


  • 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).