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Isaac M. Mbiti

Associate Professor
Unit: Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
Department: Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy
Office location and address
235 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Ph.D., Economics, Brown University, 2007
A.M., Economics, Brown University, 2002
B.Sc., Economics, University of Wisconsin, River Falls, 1999

Isaac M. Mbiti is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Prior to his appointment at the Batten School, Mbiti was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Southern Methodist University and also served as a Martin Luther King Visiting Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  His research has focused broadly on African economic development with particular interests in examining the role of education policies such as free primary education and teacher performance pay programs, as well as the potential for new technologies (especially mobile phones) to spur the development process. His ongoing research projects in East and West Africa evaluate various policies that aim to improve the livelihoods of African youth through training programs.

His research has been supported by numerous agencies including the National Science Foundation, The National Institutes of Health, the International Impact Evaluation Initiative, USAID and the World Bank. He is a research affiliate at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT and was previously selected as a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow.  His publications have appeared in the American Economic ReviewJournal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, and Journal of African Economies. He has also authored several policy reports for the Kenyan Government, the World Bank and NGOs, such as the International Rescue Committee. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Brown University.

BA-RISE Tanzania Country Research Team
Source: Georgetown University
November 01, 2016 – May 24, 2022
Mbiti UCB Sub
Source: The Regents of the University of California
May 01, 2021 – April 30, 2022
Source: Innovations For Poverty Action
August 12, 2020 – December 01, 2020
RCT - Bridge International Academies school in Kenya (sub from Wesleyan University)
Source: Wesleyan University
February 01, 2019 – June 30, 2019
Teacher Pay Performance in Tanzania
Source: Innovations For Poverty Action
September 01, 2017 – August 31, 2018
BA- Estimating the Impacts of Health and Human Capital Investments on Long-Run Life Outcomes in Kenya - Evidence from Three Randomized Evaluations
Source: The Regents of the University of California
June 01, 2014 – May 31, 2016
BA- Improving Early-Grade Learning Outcomes in Tanzania
Source: Innovations For Poverty Action
September 01, 2014 – August 31, 2015
LPPA 6100: Economics of Public Policy I
Credits: 3
This course presents the simplest economic models explaining how individuals and organizations respond to changes in their circumstances and how they interact in markets, and it applies these models to predict the effects of a wide range of government programs. It also analyzes justifications that have been offered for government actions.
LPPP 7993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Student will perform independent projects under close faculty supervision.