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Edward (Ted) Miguel is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs on Political Economy and Education. He is also a professor of economics and director of the Center of Evaluation for Global Action at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 2000.

Born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, he earned S.B. degrees in both Economics and Mathematics from MIT and received a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow. His main research focus is African economic development, including work on the economic causes and consequences of violence; the impact of ethnic divisions on local collective action; and interactions between health, education, and productivity for the poor. He has conducted field work in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and India.

Miguel and NBER Research Associate Ray Fisman are co-authors of Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence and the Poverty of Nations (Princeton University Press, 2008). He is also an Associate Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Development Economics, and Review of Economics and Statistics, the recipient of the 2005 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and winner of the 2005 Kenneth J. Arrow Prize awarded annually by the International Health Economics Association for the Best Paper in Health Economics.

Miguel lives in Piedmont, California and enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with his wife, three-year old son, and baby daughter.

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