Craig McIntosh

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Craig McIntosh

Professor of Economics

University of California, San Diego

Bio Info

Craig McIntosh is a Scientific Advisor for IPA's Rwanda country office. He is a development economist whose expertise focuses on program evaluation. His main research interest is the design of institutions that promote the provision of financial services to micro-entrepreneurs, and he has conducted field evaluations of innovative anti-poverty policies in Mexico, Guatemala, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania.

McIntosh is a professor of economics at the School of Global Policy and Strategy and serves as co-director of the Policy Design and Evaluation Lab. He teaches courses including Economic Development, Evaluating Technological Innovation, QM III Applied Data Analysis & Statistical Decision Making, and Designing Field Experiments.  

He is currently working on research projects testing how technology can be used to extend financial services and deepen agricultural markets, as well as a set of studies seeking to understand how the impact of cash transfers relates to more conventional types of development assistance. 

As co-director of the Policy Design and Evaluation Lab, McIntosh considers issues related to credit, insurance, and savings markets in developing countries, as well as how to design and conduct randomized controlled trials and the field measurement techniques required to capture outcomes.

Before earning his Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from UC Berkeley, McIntosh did aid work in Somalia with the International Rescue Committee and spent a year on a Fulbright grant as a research director at FINCA/Uganda, a major microfinance lender.


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