Emilie Bagby

Emilie Bagby

Senior Researcher
  • Design and implementation of experimental evaluations
  • International development
  • Education research
  • Child well-being in resource-constrained households
  • Survey design and implementation
Focus Areas
  • Education
  • International Research
  • Social Protection
  • Human Services
About Emilie

Emilie Bagby specializes in designing and conducting rigorous evaluations in developing countries. She has worked on a variety of international development projects, including health and agriculture, with extensive experience in evaluating programs that aim to improve key education outcomes such as enrollment, retention, attendance, and learning. She also has experience measuring reading skills in local languages.

Bagby is the deputy project director for the School Dropout Prevention Program study, a rigorous evaluation of school dropout prevention pilot interventions in Cambodia, India, Tajikistan, and Timor-Leste, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She is also the deputy project director for an impact evaluation of a girls’ education program in Niger, funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation. As part of that project, she led the creation and implementation of early-grade reading assessments in several local languages, which are key outcome measures for the evaluation of the program. Bagby is also the lead for a USAID-funded impact evaluation of Espacios para Crecer, part of the Community Action for Reading and Security activity in Nicaragua for USAID’s Latin America and Caribbean Reads project.

Before joining Mathematica, Bagby studied human capital investment decisions made by resource-constrained households in developing countries, finding that higher-ability children receive more schooling and are less likely to be involved in child labor, and receive more nutrition investments than their lower-ability siblings in Burkina Faso and Ecuador. She also examined risk and protective factors and risky behaviors related to early school dropout using special youth surveys in Chile and Mexico.

Bagby publishes her work in peer-reviewed journals, such as Economic Development and Cultural Change. She is fluent in French and Spanish and holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Key Projects
  • workforce development
    Morocco: Workforce Development Activity for Employability Project

    The Workforce Development Activity, part of the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s five-year Employability and Land Compact with the Government of Morocco, intends to improve the employability of Moroccans. Mathematica will evaluate the Workforce Development Activity using a mixed-methods approach.

  • Niger
    Niger: Improving the Education of Girls (IMAGINE)

    Mathematica designed a rigorous evaluation of the girl’s education component in Niger. The component included public awareness campaigns, local action plans, tutoring and training, incentives for school-age girls and female teachers, and construction of classrooms and latrines.