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PhD Candidate


Research Affiliate


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I am a PhD candidate in Economics at Nova School of Business and Economics in Lisbon, Portugal. I am affiliated with NOVAFRICA. My topics of interest are development and behavioral economics, and my research has been focusing on political economy related questions in education and disaster risk management. I am also a consultant within the World Bank’s Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice and previously worked as a consultant in the Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) unit at the World Bank. 

New project

Urban Flood Risk Management: Improving Risk Mitigation Behavior through an Awareness Campaign

Accurate forecasts and risk information do not always bring about the desired preparedness actions from communities at risk. I develop and test experimentally two video interventions in a Mozambican coastal city. The interventions are designed to increase flood risk awareness and preparedness of households. I test the effectiveness of information when disseminated by i) public officials and ii) residents with flooding experience. I find that the public official video increases awareness and the intention to prepare. The local resident video is less effective, but recent flooding experience matters for the results. Finally, I show that the information disseminates among neighbors.