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Gabriela Calderon Gomez
Graduate Dissertation Fellow 2009-10, Economics

Gabriela Calderon Gomez is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at Stanford. Her current research focuses on identifying factors that can explain the low productivity of low income women entrepreneurs. Identifying these factors has important policy implications. Understanding the underlying cause of these inefficient decisions can inform social outreach programs run by both governments and non-governmental agencies throughout the developing world. Gabriela, working with her advisor, Prof. Giacomo De Giorgi (Stanford Dept. of Economics), and co-author, Jesse Cuhna, will test whether the lack of a specific type of knowledge - profit-maximizing business practices - is impeding growth for enterprises run by poor women in developing countries. She will also focus on identifying and testing cultural constraints that might impede the performance of low income female entrepreneurs. Gabriela will be using her fellowship to run a field experiment in Zacatecas, Mexico.