Dr. Cara Ebert awarded with Young Researcher Award for Excellence in Policy Relevant Research on Developing Countries 2020

Dr. Cara Ebert, former research assistant at the Chair of Development Economics/CeMIS of Prof. Dr. Sebastian Vollmer, has been awarded the Young Researcher Award for Excellence in Policy Relevant Research on Developing Countries 2020. The prize is awarded by the German Economic Association’s Research Group on Development Economics with support of the KfW Development Bank. Cara Ebert receives the prize for her dissertation "Child development and human capital formation - Evidence from randomized interventions and gender inequality".

She successfully completed her doctorate at the beginning of 2019 with distinction (summa cum laude). Her scientific work focuses on gender inequality as a socio-structural obstacle to early childhood development of girls as well as on measures to reduce anaemia and to promote early childhood development. She has conducted the necessary studies and tests on site in the East Indian state of Bihar. Today she works as a researcher in the competence area "Labour Markets, Education, Population" at the RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research in Berlin.

The Research Prize honors academic work combining original research and practical relevance, thus giving fresh impetus for development cooperation. The prize is open to all domains of the social sciences relevant to development. Other award winners in 2020 are Dr. Sebastian Tonke (University of Cologne) and Dr. Bosco Lliso (University of Osnabrück).

The Verein für Socialpolitik (German Economic Association) is an association of about 4.000 German-speaking economists from over 20 countries, primarily Germany, Austria and Switzerland. As one of the largest and oldest associations of economists in the world, the organization aims to further the development and internationalization of economics and related fields. With its 24 standing committees, the central aim of the Verein für Socialpolitik is to use economic analysis to improve economic policy and encourage public debate.