Christopher Ksoll

Christopher Ksoll

Senior Researcher
  • Managing international projects and surveys
  • Design and implementation of experimental and nonexperimental evaluations
  • Information and communications technology (ICT)
Focus Areas
  • International Research
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Education and Workforce Development
About Christopher

Christopher Ksoll has extensive experience leading research projects studying education, labor market, electricity, and agricultural outcomes in Africa and India. He is an expert on the potential and constraints of information and communications technology (ICT), as well as experimental and quasi-experimental methods.

For the Millennium Challenge Corporation, he leads the evaluation of the Agriculture Development Project in Burkina Faso and is principal investigator of evaluations of the Irrigation and Market Access Project in Niger and a large energy generation and distribution project in Benin.

Before joining Mathematica in 2016, Ksoll was an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa, Canada; a research officer at the Centre for the Study of African Economies at the University of Oxford; and a research fellow at Nuffield College and the Department of Economics at the University of Oxford. Ksoll was the principal investigator of a multicountry research project evaluating the use of ICT in adult education programs in the United States, Niger, and India. He has directed impact evaluations of electronic whiteboard-assisted learning in Senegal and satellite-transmitted English, math, and girls’ empowerment classes in Ghana. He also led an evaluation of village savings and loan associations in Malawi and is the co-principal investigator of an evaluation of a job market information platform in India.

Ksoll has published in peer-reviewed publications, such as the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, the Journal of Development Economics, and Food Policy. He has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of African Economies, World Development, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Journal of Development Effectiveness, IZA Journal of Labor & Development, Review of Economic Studies, and the Journal of the European Economic Association, among others. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University.

Key Projects
  • Niger: Evaluating the Irrigation and Market Access Project

    Mathematica ‘s evaluation of MCC’s irrigation infrastructure and market access intervention in Niger will incorporate remotely sensed data, in addition to information from farmer surveys, to improve yield estimates and assess changes in agricultural productivity.

  • Tanzania energy sector
    Tanzania Energy-Sector Impact Evaluation

    Mathematica conducted evaluations of two activities and a related initiative under the Tanzania energy-sector project. The activities included laying a new submarine cable to provide a more reliable source of electricity to Unguja Island, extending lines into new areas, and offering low-cost electricity...