Belinda Archibong

Belinda Archibong

Belinda Archibong is an assistant professor of economics at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her research areas include development economics, political economy, economic history, and environmental economics with an Africa regional focus. Her research investigates the role of historical institutions and the environment in inequality of access to public services and the development of human capital. In current research she studies the effects of epidemics on gender gaps in human capital investment, the economics of epidemics and vaccination, and the impacts of air pollution from gas flaring on human capital outcomes with a focus on how institutions mitigate or exacerbate the impacts of climate change and environment on inequalities around gender and marginalized groups. Other works study the economics of prisons, the effects of protests on taxation and gender gaps in political participation, and the drivers of gender gaps in labor markets in African countries.

Archibong is a faculty affiliate at Columbia University’s Center for Development Economics and Policy (CDEP), the Earth Institute at Columbia University, the Institute of African Studies, the Institute for Research in African-American Studies, the Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC), and the Center for Environmental Economics and Policy (CEEP).

She received a B.A. in economics/philosophy and a Ph.D. in sustainable development from Columbia University.

  • Current Positions

    • Assistant Professor of Economics, Barnard College, Columbia University
    • Board Member, African Economic History Network
    • Board Member, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association
    • Researcher, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), King Climate Action Initiative
  • Past Positions

    • David M. Rubenstein Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Brookings
    • Board Member, National Economic Association
  • Education

    • Ph.D. and M.A. in Sustainable Development, Columbia University
    • B.A. in Economics/Philosophy, Columbia University
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