Renos Vakis is a Lead Economist, Poverty Global Practice of the World Bank on assignment in the Research Development Group. His research focuses on poverty reduction, equity and gender. He has written extensively on issues related to poverty dynamics and mobility, risk management, social protection, gender, market failures and rural development, especially in Latin America and South Asia.
He is currently leading a Regional Study on Chronic Poverty in Latin America and collaborating on a Policy Research Report on Poverty and Shared Prosperity. He is also involved in the design of impact evaluation of anti-poverty interventions. Some of his ongoing projects include randomized trials on the long term impacts of cash transfers, the use of behavioral economics insights to improve parenting and early childhood outcomes via text messages, as well as improving TB adherence via psychological and income support. As a member of the World Bank Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) team, he is supporting the ongoing methodological research program to improve household survey measures and analysis of poverty, food security and skills through experimental techniques.
The Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) and the Living Standards Measurement Study-Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) were established by the Development Research Group to explore ways of improving the type and quality of household data collected by statistical offices in developing countries. The goal is to foster increased use of household data as a basis for policy decisionmaking.