Carolina Castilla

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Carolina Castilla

Richard M. Kessler Associate Professor of Economic Studies in the Department of Economics

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I am a development and behavioral economist with broad interests in gender and intra-household bargaining. For more information check out my personal website.

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PhD. Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, The Ohio State University, 2011

MS in Economics, Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, 2006

BS in Economics, Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, 2003

Development economics, gender economics, and behavioral economics

Intra-household decision-making, development economics, gender economics, behavioral economics

Also see my personal website.

  1. Castilla, Carolina and Murphy, David. 2022. Bidirectional Intimate Partner Violence: Evidence from a List Experiment in Kenya. Health Economics, Vol. 32 (1): 175 - 193.
  2. Masuda, Yuta, Waterfield, Gina, Castilla, Carolina, Kang, Shiteng, and Zhang, Wei. (2022). Does balancing gender composition lead to more prosocial outcomes? Experimental evidence of equality in public good and extraction games from rural Kenya, World Development, Vo. 156, .
  3. Castilla, Carolina (with Yuta Masuda, Jonathan Fisher, Wei Zhang, Tim Boucher, and Genowefa Blundo.) “A respondent‐driven method for mapping small agricultural plots using tablets and high resolution imagery”, Journal of International Development, Vol. 32 (5): 727 – 748.
  4. Castilla, Carolina. 2019. "What’s Yours is Mine, and What’s Mine is Mine: Bargaining Power and Income Concealing between Spouses in India", Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 137, March: 125-140.
  5. Gebrehiwot, Tagel and Carolina Castilla. 2018. " Do safety net transfers improve diets and reduce undernutrition? Evidence from rural Ethiopia" Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 55 (9): 1947-1966.
  6. Castilla, Carolina. 2018. "Political Role Models and Child Marriage in India." Review of Development Economics, Vol. 22 (4): 1 – 23. Previously Circulated asPolitical Role Models, Child Marriage, and Women’s Autonomy over Marriage in India. UNU-WIDER Working Paper 121/2017
  7. Castilla, Carolina. 2015 “Trust and Reciprocity between Spouses in India.” American Economic Review: P&P, 105 (5): 621 - 24. 
  8. Castilla, Carolina (with Timothy Haab). 2015. “Asymmetric Search and Prospect Theory: Choice Experiment on Consumer Willingness to Search in the Gasoline Retail Market.” Applied Economics, Vol. 47 (8): 756 – 778.
  9. Castilla, Carolina (with Conor Coughlin, undergraduate student). 2014. “The Effect of Private High School Education on the College Trajectory.” Economics Letters. Vol. 125 (2): 200–203.
  10. Castilla, Carolina. 2014. “Field Experiment in a Course on Behavioral Economics: Nudging Students Around Campus.” Journal of Economic Education, 45 (3): 211-224.
  11. Castilla, Carolina (with Thomas Walker). 2013. “Is Ignorance Bliss? Gender Differences in the Effect of Asymmetric Information on Intra-Household Allocation.” American Economic Review: P&P, 103 (3): 263-268.
  12. Castilla, Carolina (with Timothy Haab). 2013. “Limited Attention to Search Costs in the Gasoline Retail Market: Evidence from a Choice Experiment on Consumer Willingness to Search.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 95 (1): 181-199.
  13. Castilla, Carolina. 2012. “Subjective Well-being and Reference Dependence: Insights from Mexico.” Journal of Economic Inequality, 10 (2): 219 - 238. Previously Circulated as: “Subjective Poverty and Reference Dependence: Income over Time, Aspirations and Reference Groups.” UNU-WIDER Working Paper 2010/76. 
  14. Castilla, Carolina. (with Mariano Rojas). 2010. “Crisis Bancarias y Comportamiento Estrategico: Un Enfoque a Nivel Banco”. Administracion de Riesgos: Banca, mercados, empresa y modelos financieros. (Editor-reviewed article) Universidad Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM): 81 - 111

Working Papers

  • Spousal Communication and Intra-Household Allocation in Kenya (with Yuta Masuda and Wei Zhang)
  • Does the gender composition of groups lead to more pro-social outcomes? Experimental evidence of public good and extraction games from rural Kenya (with Yuta Masuda, Wei Zhang, Gina Waterfield, and Shiteng Kang)
  • Gender Differences in Intra-Household Efficiency: Evidence from an Investment Game between Spouses in India
  • Inefficient Intra-Household Allocation under Asymmetric Information in Ghana (with Thomas Walker)
  • Ties that Bind: The Kin System as a Mechanism of Income-Hiding between Spouses in Rural Ghana. UNU-WIDER Working Paper 2013/007.
  • Show me the Money: Intra-Household Allocation under Incomplete Information

Research with Undergraduate Students:

  • Effect of Violence Prevention and Attention Units (UNIDADES) on Intimate Partner Violence in Dominican Republic (with Santa Ramirez)
  • Taxes and Discounts: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Massachusetts  (with Ian Ettinger)
  • Political Role Models and Women Autonomy over Marriage and Fertility in India (with Gina Joseph)

Old Papers:

  • Castilla, Carolina. 2008. “Heteroskedasticity in Fixed-Effects One-way Error Component Models: Evaluating the Performance of Standard Tests ” 

Work in Progress:

  • Team Work and Cooperative Behavior (with Takao Kato)
  • Intergenerational Transmission of Intimate Partner Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa (with Lindsey Novak)
  • Impact of an Alcohol Consumption Reduction Intervention on Intimate Partner Violence in Kenya (with David Murphy)
  • Contrasting Preferences for Trust and Reciprocity between Spouses in Ethiopia (with Marc Bellemare and Chris Paul)
  • Time Allocation and Decision-Making Power in the Household (with Wei Zhang and Yuta Masuda)

Fellowships, Honors, and Awards

  • Mentor in the project “Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS)” (invited), 2020 
  • Mentor in the project “Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS)” (invited), 2016
  • Included in list of most influential people at Colgate University by graduating class, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Torch Medal Recipient “In recognition of the positive impact and personal influence on a graduating member of the senior class" (4), 2014
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award, AEDE Department, The Ohio State University 2012
  • DeVries Memorial Fund Award 2010
  • Edward J. Ray Travel Award 2010
  • Honorable Mention to a Research Manuscript by a Second-Year PhD Student, 2008.

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