Tara Vishwanath is a Lead Economist and a Global Lead of the Global Solutions Group for Welfare Implications of Climate, Fragility, and Conflict Risks in the Poverty and Equity Global Practice of the World Bank. Prior to joining the Africa Region, she led the poverty program in Middle East and North Africa and South Asia regions. Before joining the World Bank, she was a professor of economics at Northwestern University and has published widely in leading international economics journals on economic theory, labor economics, and development. She holds a doctorate in economics from Cornell University.