I am Berenger Djoumessi Tiague, second-year PhD Student in Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (UMN). I am an applied microeconomist, currently studying topics related to development, agriculture, and environment/climate change. My current research focuses on how shocks (e.g., exposure to extreme climate events/disasters) and risk affect economic outcomes and individual-level decision-making/responses in low and middle-income countries, with emphasis on causal inference and applied econometrics. I want to use empirical research to better guide policy-makers, so that policies that aim to improve poor people lives are made based on facts rather than intuition. I am currently part of an amazing group of students in a PhD Lab at the UMN run by Dr. Audrey Dorélien and my current academic advisor Dr. Jason Kerwin. The goal is to help students get feedback on their work and stay connected.
I believe in the power of diversity of skills and competences. I have developed a passion for constant learning and skill acquisition. I have experience in survey design, data management (including geospatial data management), data analysis, data extraction, machine learning, program coordination, and professional development. I work with different software including Stata, R, and occasionally Python. I also like to share these skills with the world to help solve specific problems. My technical skills range from survey design, data collection, rigorous academic research, geospatial data management to building an online business (entrepreneurship), graphic and web design, photo & video editing, social media marketing and much more.
Prior to joining the Applied Economics program at UMN, I received my Masters of Science degree from the University of San Francisco (USF) in International and Development Economics (HERE is my Masters thesis). I then worked as an Interim Program Manager for the Department of Economics at USF. After that I worked as a Consultant for the World Bank – Living Standard Measurement Surveys (LSMS) team in Washington D.C. This work involved data management, manual and survey design, enumerator’s training and field work with partner firms (e.g., ICRISAT) in Mali, Africa. I am originally from Cameroon, earning my BA in Economics from the University of Dschang.