Faculty Biography

Magda Tsaneva

Magda Tsaneva, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Economics
Department of Economics
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Office: Jonas Clark Hall room 119
Phone: (508) 793-7185

Email: mtsaneva@clarku.edu

Curriculum Vitae



Dr. Tsaneva received a B.A. from Colby College in 2007 and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 2015.  She has been at Clark since 2015.

Current Research and Teaching

Dr. Tsaneva does research on the way poor people make decisions and the way these decisions impact their lives.  Her work so far has examined how preferences and constraints affect household investments in health and education in developing countries.  Her current research focuses on skill accumulation at school and at work.  She is also interested in issues related to mental health and the economics of hope.

Selected Publications

Tsaneva, M. (2017), "Does School Matter?  Learning Outcomes of Indonesian Children after Dropping out of School.", World Development Perspectives. 6(June).

Tsaneva, M. (2017), "Do Parents Invest Less in Worse-Performing Children?  Evidence from the Asian Financial Crisis.", Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies. 53(1).

Tsaneva, M. (2013), "Risk Preferences and Household Demand for Water Treatment," Journal of Development Studies. 49(10):1427-1435.

Working Papers

Pailler, S., Tsaneva, M. (2017), "Climate Change Effects on Mental Health in Rural India."

Balakrishnam U., Tsaneva, M. (2017), "The Effect of a Public Works Program on Mental Health in India."

Gunes, P., Tsaneva, M. (2017), "The Effect of Early Childbearing in Mexico on Mother's Health Outcomes."

Gunes, P., Tsaneva, M. (2017), "The Effect of Violent Crime on Pregnancy Decisions in Mexico."

Albohmood, Z., Rockmore, M., Tsaneva, M. (2017), "The Effect of Violent Crime on Female Decision-Making:  Evidence from the Mexican War on Drugs."