Duncan Webb


I'm a PhD student at the Paris School of Economics and a Global Priorities Fellow supported by the Forethought Foundation. I do research at the intersection of development and behavioural economics.

I'm currently visiting at MIT, and spent a semester in 2021 at UC Berkeley.

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Research

Working Papers

Critical Periods in Cognitive and Socioemotional Development: Evidence from Weather Shocks in Indonesia

Work in Progress

Transforming Harmful Social Norms: The Effect of Reducing Menstrual Stigma on Health Behaviours and Girls’ Education, with Karen Macours and Julieta Vera

A Recall Method for Incentivising Responses, with Evan Friedman and Suanna Oh

Laws, Norms, and Discrimination: LGBTQ Rights in India

Policy projects

COVID-19 spread, detection, and dynamics in Bogota, Colombia

Nature Communications, 2021

with Rachid Laajaj, Camilo De Los Rios, Ignacio Sarmiento-Barbieri, Danilo Aristizabal, Eduardo Behrentz, Raquel Bernal, Giancarlo Buitrago, Zulma Cucunubá, Fernando de la Hoz, Alejandro Gaviria, Luis Jorge Hernández, Leonardo León, Diane Moyano, Elkin Osorio, Andrea Ramírez Varela, Silvia Restrepo, Rodrigo Rodriguez, Norbert Schady, Martha Vives

Coverage: [Blu] [Caracol] [Caracol 2] [Nuevo Siglo]

Understanding how socioeconomic inequalities drive inequalities in COVID-19 infections
Scientific Reports, 2022

with Rachid Laajaj, Danilo Aristizabal, Eduardo Behrentz, Raquel Bernal, Giancarlo Buitrago, Zulma Cucunubá, Fernando de la Hoz, Alejandro Gaviria, Luis Jorge Hernández, Camilo De Los Rios, Andrea Ramírez Varela, Silvia Restrepo, Rodrigo Rodriguez, Norbert Schady, Martha Vives

Coverage: [Espectador] [Blu]

Presented at: Health Secretary of Colombia, Mayor's Office of Bogota

Code

dups - an R package for dealing with duplicates

trackr - an R package that helps you easily track the results of dplyr functions

qval - an R package that helps with multiple hypothesis testing by calculating FDR-adjusted p-values in the style of Anderson (2008)

Bits and Bobs

Effective Altruism - I've written a framework outlining the tradeoff faced when trying to affect the long-run future here.