Dr. Danila Serra is an Associate Professor of Economics at Texas A&M University. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Economics and the Bush School of Public Government and Public Policy. Dr. Serra holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Oxford. She is a behavioural economist who applies experimental methods to policy-relevant issues in the fields of development, education, labour, and gender economics, broadly defined.
Dr. Serra has extensive experience in conducting large-scale randomized controlled trials in developing countries, including Angola, Ghana, Somalia, and Uganda. In 2017, she was chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Vernon Smith Ascending Scholar Prize – an award granted by the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics (IFREE) to an exceptional scholar in the field of experimental economics. She is currently a Co-Editor at the Economic Inquiry journal and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. Dr. Serra’s research has been supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the World Bank.