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Laura Ralston

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Laura Ralston is an Economist in the Global Center for Conflict, Security and Development of the World Bank, a unit that focuses on improving the effectiveness and impact of development programs in fragile and conflict prone environments. She works on tracking progress and identifying challenges for projects and programs in these environments and helps develop collaborations across the World Bank and with external partners, with a focus on innovation and sharing of ideas. Towards these goals, she coordinates impact evaluation work across sectors in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, South Asia and East Asia, and performs conflict and fragility analysis and monitoring in Africa and the Middle East.

Laura received her PhD in empirical applied microeconomics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her work at MIT studied the determinants of conflict and violence using a wide range of methodologies including quasi-experimental regression analysis, lab experiments, geo-spatial data science and statistical learning.