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Stefan Leeffers.

PhD Candidate at Nova SBE

Stefan Leeffers

PhD Candidate in Economics at Nova SBE


(+351) 911 713 463


About me

I am a PhD candidate in Economics at Nova School of Business and Economics, this semester I am visiting the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) at the University of Oxford. I hold two MSc degrees in Economics from Nova SBE and INSPER and a BSc in Economics from Tilburg University. Prior to my PhD, I have been active in several projects on financial inclusion in Mozambique. My main topic of interest is behavioral development economics, with a focus on political economy related questions. My work on the impact of electoral observers during Mozambique’s 2009 general elections has been featured in World Development. Currently I am working on community-based monitoring in Angola and I am preparing an experiment to study bottom-up accountability in the Dominican Republic’s education sector. 


Peer-reviewed Publications

Ongoing Research

  • The Limits of Bottom-up Accountability: Experimental Evidence from the Dominican Republic’s Education Sector. In progress.

Field work

  • 2016 / 2018

The World Bank – DIME, Consultant for Angola Local Development Program

  • 2015

NOVAFRICA, Nova SBE, Research AssistantKeep It Simple: A Field Experiment on Information Sharing in Social Networks, Cátia Batista (Nova SBE), Marcel Fafchamps (Stanford University) and Pedro C. Vicente

  • 2014

NOVAFRICA, Nova SBE, Field CoordinatorIntroducing Mobile Money in Rural Mozambique: Evidence from a Field Experiment, Cátia Batista, Pedro C. Vicente


Contact me

Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Nova School of Business and Economics

Campus de Carcavelos, Rua Holanda 1

2775-405 Carcavelos, Portugal


(+351) 911 713 463

Nova SBE