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Laura Ralston

Laura Ralston is an Economist in the Social Protection and Labor practice of the World Bank, where she works on social insurance, human development and labor markets. She has an interest in development in fragile and conflict prone environments and works on projects in several FCS countries in Africa. She has contributed to the work of the World Bank’s Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV) group by tracking progress and identifying challenges for projects and programs in these environments. She works to develop collaborations across the World Bank and with external partners, with a focus on innovation and sharing of ideas. Towards these goals, she has coordinated impact evaluations across sectors in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, South Asia and East Asia, and has performed 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.

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