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Food for Thought: Kathleen Beegle on Working at the World Bank

Kathleen Beegle discussed her career at the World Bank.

The Food for Thought series features student-focused events with speakers from a variety of disciplines discussing topics related to global development.

Event Details:

Wednesday, February 15, 2023
12:00pm - 1:00pm PST


Gunn SIEPR Building


This event is open to:


The King Center on Global Development invited the Stanford graduate student community to learn about potential career pathways at the World Bank. Kathleen Beegle, who has worked at the World Bank in various capacities since 2001, discussed her career path and answered questions from attendees.


About the Speaker:

Kathleen Beegle, Research Manager and Lead Economist at the World Bank

kathleen beegle

Kathleen Beegle is Research Manager and Lead Economist in the Human Development Team of the World Bank's Development Research Group. Her research experience includes the study of poverty, labor, economic shocks, and methodological studies on household survey data collection in developing countries. She has expertise in the design and implementation of household surveys and their use for poverty and policy analysis.

Her work has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals including the Journal of Development Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, World Bank Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Human Resources, and Demography. She is co-author of numerous chapters in books and is co-lead of several World Bank reports.

She was previously in the Research Group from 2001-2013. In the interim, she was the Lead Economist with the Gender Group (2018-2021), the Human Development Program Leader for Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, based in Accra, Ghana (2014-2018), and a Lead Economist in the Africa Chief Economist Office (2013-2014). She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at RAND.

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