Kathleen Beegle is currently doing a Development Assignment in the Office of the Chief Economist of the Africa Region. She is currently working on the World Bank's regional flagship on Accelerating Poverty Reduction in Africa, which she is co-leading with Luc Christiaensen.
Her research interest includes the measurement of poverty dynamics, socio-economic dimensions of economic shocks, and methodological studies on household survey data collection. She was Deputy Director of the World Development Report 2013 on Jobs. Her research work includes studies of livelihoods among households in Tanzania using a 19-year longitudinal survey and a study of socioeconomic transitions and HIV in Malawi based on a panel survey of young adults. As member of the World Bank Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) team, she has expertise in the design and implementation of household survey operations and use of household surveys for poverty and policy analysis. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University and worked at RAND before joining the World Bank