Dominique van de Walle

Lead Economist, Development Research Group

Dominique van de Walle is a Lead Economist in the Development Research Group’s Human Development Team. Her research interests are in the general area of poverty, vulnerability, gender and public policy, encompassing social protection, safety nets and impact evaluation. Much of her recent past research has been on Vietnam, South Asia and Sub Saharan Africa. She holds a Masters in Economics from the London School of Economics and a Ph. D. in economics from the Australian National University, and began her career at the Bank as a member of the core team that produced the 1990 World Development Report on Poverty.

Featured Research
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    Marital Trajectories and Women's Well-Being in Senegal

    Sylvie Lambert, Dominique van de Walle, and Paola Villar, Policy Research Working Paper, October 2017
    Divorce and widowhood succeeded by remarriage are common for women in Senegal. Negative effects on well-being are particularly pronounced for poorer women, who are themselves more vulnerable to such marital dissolution as well as to remarriage which provides a form of safety net.
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    Women Left Behind? Poverty and Headship in Africa

    Annamaria Milazzo and Dominique van de Walle, Demography, June 2017
    The share of female-headed households has been growing in Africa and female-headed households have generally seen faster poverty reduction. As a whole, this group has contributed almost as much to poverty reduction as male-headed households.
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    Are Poor Individuals Mainly Found in Poor Households? Evidence Using Nutrition Data for Africa

    Caitlin Brown, Martin Ravallion, and Dominique van de Walle, World Bank Policy Research Working Paper, March 2017
    Roughly three-quarters of underweight women and undernourished children in Africa are not found in the poorest 20 percent of households, and around half are not found in the poorest 40 percent.
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  • Poverty
  • Social Protection and Labor
  • Gender