Berenger Djoumessi Tiague

Biography

I am Berenger Djoumessi Tiaguesecond-year PhD Student in Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (UMN). I am interested in Development Economics, precisely education & agricultural economics.

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), and shortly after as an Interim Program Manager for the Department of Economics at USF, then worked after as a Consultant for the World Bank – Living Standard Measurement Surveys (LSMS) team in Washington D.C. Work involved data management, manual and survey design, enumerator’s training and field work with partner firms (e.g., ICRISAT) in Mali, Africa.

I believe in the power of diversity of skills/competences, and over time I developed a passion for constant learning and skill acquisition. I also like to share them 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.

I want to use empirical research to better guide policy-makers, so that decisions on 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, whose goal is to help students getting feedback on their work and stay connected. The  lab group includes their advisees as well as other students who are working on research projects with them. We meet every other week, rotating between the Humphrey School and the Applied Economics Department.