Professor Annan's research combines applied microeconomic theory, field experiments, and modern econometric methods to study issues about the economics of digitization, small businesses, and information. He also has an interest in how government programs could disincentivize adaptation to weather extremes, and brings strength to our department's research and teaching in the field of agricultural economics.
In his paper, "Misconduct and Reputation under Imperfect Information," Francis studies seller misconduct, that is, market actions that are indicative of fraud or wrongdoing. He uses a large-scale field experiment in Ghana to show the value of anti-misconduct information programs in payment markets. His research contributes to our understanding of an important yet poorly understood issue that underlies many economic and financial transactions.
Professor Annan is also a J-PAL Affiliated Professor at MIT, the Scientific Lead and Co-Chair of the Retail Finance Distribution (ReFinD) Research Initiative at ISSER, and a Fellow at the Center for Development Economics and Policy (CDEP) and the Center for Environmental Economics and Policy (CEEP).
Please join us in welcoming Francis and his family to Berkeley.