Nicolas Cerkez

Hello! I am a PhD student in economics at University College London, working under the supervision of Professors Imran Rasul and Antonio Cabrales. My research interests are in development economics, political economy, and environmental economics.

You can find the latest version of my CV here.


  • Droughts and Politics: Evidence from 16 African Countries
  • Immigration, Trust in Government, and the Role of Government
  • (Perceptions of) Emigration and the Local Economy: Evidence from Romania (joint with Mathilde Muñoz)
  • Mental Health in Myanmar (joint with Alexandra Hartman and Jonathan Weigel)
  • Pro-Poor Transfers and Economic Preferences of the Rich and Poor: Evidence from a Four Year Partial Population Experiment in Village Economies (joint with Imran Rasul, Adnan Khan, and Anam Shoaib) (draft coming soon)
  • Interactions of Time and Technology as Critical Determinants of Optimal Climate Change Policy (joint with Michael Grubb, Pablo Salas, Rutger-Jan Lange, and Ida Sognnaes) (submitted)


University College London

  • Teaching Assistant for PhD Econometrics (ECON0108) (Fall 2019 – Spring 2022)
    Course Lecturers: Profs. D. Wilhelm, T. Kitagawa, A. Chesher, M. Weidner, R. Smith, & L. Nesheim
    Economics Education Award: Best Teaching Assistant for a PhD Level Course (2019-2020)
  • Teaching Assistant for BSc (1st year) Introduction to Economics (ECON002) (Fall 2018)
    Course Lecturer: Prof. A. Cabrales
  • Teaching Assistant for BSc (2nd year) Economics of Development (ECON0054) (Fall 2017)
    Course Lecturer: Prof. B. Armendariz

London School of Economics

  • Teaching Assistant for BSc (2nd year) Introduction to Econometrics (EC220) (Fall 2018 – Spring 2020)
    Course Lecturers: Profs. G. Fischer, T. Otsu, & M. Schafgans
    Excellence in Education Award, LSE (2018-2019)

London School of Economics Summer School

  • Teaching Assistant for Applied Econometrics and Big Data (SS EC320) (Summer 2019)
    Course Lecturers: Profs. R. Meager, T. Komarova, & M. Schafgans

University of London External Program

  • Head Class Teacher for “Elements of Econometrics” (Fall 2021 – Fall 2022)
    Academic point of contact for “Elements of Econometrics”, an online course administered by the University of London. Management of various teaching assistants who teach tutorials.
  • Course Content Developer for “Elements of Econometrics” (Fall 2020 – Spring 2021)
    Development of an undergraduate econometrics course for the online learning company 2U based on the undergraduate econometrics course at LSE under supervision of M. Schafgans and T. Komarova.