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Alex Armand

Alex Armand

International Research Fellow


PhD Economics, University College London, 2014
MSc Economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain), 2006
BSc Economics, Università degli Studi di Torino (Italy), 2005

Alex Armand is an Assistant Professor at the University of Navarra (Spain) and a Faculty Fellow at the Navarra Centre for International Development. His main research fields are Development Economics and Policy Evaluation. His current work focuses on the effect of providing gender-targeted cash transfers on household outcomes, rent-seeking behaviour and natural resources discovery, and education- and health-related policy interventions. During his professional career he worked on the evaluation of interventions in Eritrea, Mozambique and Eastern Europe, where he worked on the implementation and the evaluation of the first CCT in the Balkan region, the CCT for Secondary Education introduced by the Government of Macedonia. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University College London.

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper W19/01
The political resource curse is the idea that natural resources can lead to the deterioration of public policies through corruption and rent-seeking by those closest to political power. One prominent consequence is the emergence of conflict. This paper takes this theory to the data for the case of ...
Cemmap Working Paper CWP33/18
This paper studies the differential effect of targeting cash transfers to men or women on the structure of household expenditures on non-durables. We study a policy intervention in the Republic of Macedonia, offering cash transfers to poor households, conditional on having their children attending ...

Reports and comment

IFS analysis shows that willingness to pay to use community toilets is low in slums in India but that this could potentially increase if the cleanliness and quality of the facility is improved.


Beyond development aid: Sanitation financing & revenue models in reuse (human) waste