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's degree in Applied Economics from Gaston Berger University in Senegal. She  worked at  CREFAT research institute and  CRES institute as research assistant in Senegal.  She had been involved in different projects on demographic dividend in Africa and on the determinants of poverty in developing countries. She also worked on a project of the Partnership for Economic Policy. The project was about the assessment of the effects of ECOWAS reforms on employment, growth, and welfare in Senegal. Her research interests encompass labor market dynamics, self-employment, informality, gender gap, and skills. Her PhD thesis focuses on the formalization of the informal economy.

She has been involved in teaching activities at UNU-MERIT and FASSOS. She was a teaching assistant in econometrics, micro/macroeconomics courses. In 2019, she tutored an online impact evaluation course offered by UNU-MERIT to professionals who want to hone their skills in impact evaluation methods. She was one of the coordinators of the metech seminar at UNU-MERIT and a member of the organizing team of  the 2019 UNU-MERIT internal conference.

Selected publications by Racky Balde