Racky Balde

PhD fellow

Research group(s):
4. Governance and institutions
8. Population, Development and Labour Economics
1. Economics of Knowledge and Innovation
7. Social Protection

Racky Balde is a Ph.D. research fellow at UNU-MERIT. She holds a Master degree in Applied Economics from Gaston Berger University in Senegal. She  worked at  CREFAT research institute and  CRES institute in Senegal as research assistant.  She was involved in different projects on demographic dividend in Africa and on the determinants of poverty in developing countries. She also took part in a project of the Partnership for Economic Policy. The project was about assessing the effects of ECOWAS reforms on employment, growth, and welfare. Her research interests encompass labor market dynamics, self-employment, informality, gender gap and non-cognitive skills. 

She has been involved in teaching activities at UNU-MERIT and FASSOS. She has been a teaching assistant in econometrics, micro/macroeconomics courses. Since 2019 she is the tutor of an online impact evaluation course offered by UNU-MERIT to professionals who want to hone their skills in impact evaluation methods. She also has skills in team management and time management, she is one of the coordinators of the metech seminar at UNU-MERIT and one of the team members that organize the 2019 UNU-MERIT internal conference.