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Fenella Carpena

Fenella Carpena


I am an Associate Professor of Economics at the Oslo Business School, Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet). Prior to joining OsloMet, I obtained a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017.

My fields of research are development economics and applied microeconomics. My research aims to understand the challenges confronting households and enterprises in low-income countries, and the policies and interventions that work well to address these challenges. I investigate these issues empirically using both experiments and quasi-experiments.

Much of my previous research has been carried out in India, where I have conducted extensive fieldwork. The research questions I have examined in this context include: the impact of droughts on rural households' food consumption and nutrition, the efficacy of financial education in improving savings and other financial outcomes among the poor, and the effect of early marriage on women's political participation.

For more information about my research and ongoing projects, please visit my website:

Fields of study

Academic disciplines


Subject areas

Development economics   Microfinance   Experimental economics   Household finance


India   Philippines

Research projects

Scientific publications

Carpena, Fenella ; Swinkels, Laurens; Zhang, Dan (2024). The effects of COVID-19 policies on consumer spending in Norway. Contemporary economic policy. Vol. 42.

Carpena, Fenella Cordova (2024). Entertainment-Education for Better Health: Insights from a Field Experiment in India. 17 p. Journal of Development Studies.

Carpena, Fenella ; Bejarano, Nury Bibian (2023). Less Conflict, More Food Security: A Case Study of Cauca, Colombia. 42 p. Internasjonal Politikk. Vol. 81.

Carpena, Fenella ; Jensenius, Francesca Refsum (2021). Age of marriage and women’s political engagement: Evidence from india. 51 p. Journal of Politics. Vol. 83.

Carpena, Fenella ; Zia, Bilal (2020). The Causal Mechanism of Financial Education: Evidence from Mediation Analysis. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. Vol. 177.

Carpena, Fenella (2019). How Do Droughts Impact Household Food Consumption and Nutritional Intake? A Study of Rural India. World Development. Vol. 122.

Carpena, Fenella ; Cole, Shawn; Shapiro, Jeremy; Zia, Bilal (2017). The ABCs of Financial Education: Experimental Evidence on Attitudes, Behavior, and Cognitive Biases. Management science. Vol. 65.

Carpena, Fenella ; Cole, Shawn; Shapiro, Jeremy; Zia, Bilal (2013). Liability Structure in Small-scale Finance: Evidence from a Natural Experiment. World Bank Economic Review.

Bruhn, Miriam; Carpena, Fenella ; Zia, Bilal (2012). Microfinance for Entrepreneurs. Cumming, Douglas (Ed.). The Oxford Handbook of Entrepreneurial Finance. Oxford University Press.

These publications are obtained from Cristin. The list may be incomplete