Department of Economics, London School of Economics
Simon Franklin received his DPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford in 2015, where he is a Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of African Economies.
His research interests include Development, Labour, and Urban Economics. Firstly, he looks at the impacts of large social transfers (such as housing projects, unemployment assistance, and other social grants) on recipients of these programs, the distribution of income and opportunity, and on labour markets in large cities. Secondly, he is interested in the construction of urban infrastructure, such as roads and housing, and their impacts on the spatial distribution of economic activity and frictions in labour markets. Finally, he works on the functioning of labour markets in cities, and the experiences and incentives of unemployed young people while looking for work. His work uses labour, household and firm micro-data, and relies on field experiments to identify casual relationships between policies and individual outcomes.