I hold a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland. I am currently an Economist at the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Economics.

I have a background in applied microeconomics, econometrics, program evaluation, and causal inference using experimental and quasi-experimental research methods. My research is in development, and focuses on gender, household, and population economics. My job market paper, supported by an AAUW dissertation fellowship, evaluates the impact of women’s inheritance reforms on fertility and child mortality in India.

Over the past few years, I have contributed to a variety of policy-relevant research. My experiences include conducting energy economics research at the World Bank, conducting food policy research at the World Wildlife Fund, designing a health policy evaluation strategy for a results-based financing project in Liberian hospitals, and identifying predictors of permanent housing for homeless families at the University of Washington eScience Institute.

Contact: ibnatf@terpmail.umd.edu