Danila Serra joined the Bush School’s Department of International Affairs in the fall of 2019 as an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Economics at Texas A&M University. She was previously on the faculties of Southern Methodist University and Florida State University.
Dr. Serra’s research focuses on development economics with an emphasis on Africa. In her work, she has applied lab and field experimental methods to the study of corruption, governance, and the provision of public services, with special focus on non-monetary incentives and bottom-up accountability systems. Some of her more recent work focuses on issues related to gender differences in education and labor market participation, gender norms, and women’s empowerment. She is the inaugural recipient of the Vernon L. Smith Ascending Scholar Prize, an award presented by the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics to an exceptional scholar in the field of experimental economics.
Dr. Serra received her PhD in economics from the University of Oxford, her MS in economics from the London School of Economics, and her BS from Bocconi University in Milan.