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: https://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~fcarpena/
Fields of study
Development economics Microfinance Experimental economics Household finance
Heterogeneous Investors and Asset Allocations
In this project, we study how Norwegian households respond to monetary policy changes.
Publications and research
Carpena, Fenella; Jensenius, Francesca Refsum
Age of marriage and women’s political engagement: Evidence from india.
Journal of Politics
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
The ABCs of Financial Education: Experimental Evidence on Attitudes, Behavior, and Cognitive Biases.
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. Chapter 26. Oxford University Press.
Carpena, Fenella (2021). Access to Food in Cauca, Colombia: Descriptive Patterns from the 2011 National Quality of Life Survey. Chapter 4 in A. Dulsrud and S. Kuraj (Eds.) Food for Security: Mapping Mechanisms of Food Security and Conflict in Cauca, Colombia. SIFO Project Report # 7-2021. 172 p.
Carpena, Fenella; Vakulchuk, Roman
Customs Capacity Building for WCO Members 2012-2015.
Carpena, Fenella (2017). Essays on Development Economics. 119 p.
Carpena, Fenella (2022). The Causal Mechanism of Financial Education: Evidence from Mediation Analysis. Digital Solutions for Financial Empowerment of Overseas Migrants in Asia. Center for Economic Policy (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) and Asian Development Bank.
Carpena, Fenella (2022). The impact of the FARC ceasefire on household food security: A subnational analysis. Conflict, Sovereignty, and Food Security Workshop. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.
Carpena, Fenella (2022). The Effect of the Colombian Ceasefire on Household Investment. Seminar. Frisch Centre, University of Oslo.
Carpena, Fenella (2022). The Effect of the Colombian Ceasefire on Household Investment. Workshop: Institutions, Policies and Development. University of Oslo.
Carpena, Fenella (2021). Entertainment-Education for Better Health: Insights from a Field Experiment in India. Workshop on Experimental Evidence in Education Economics, KU Leuven. Leuven Economics of Education Research (LEER).
Carpena, Fenella (2020). The Causal Mechanism of Financial Education: Evidence from Mediation Analysis. LEER-EUFIN Conference on Financial Literacy.
Carpena, Fenella (2020). The Adverse Effects of Electrification: Evidence from India. Development Economics Network Berlin (DENeB).
Carpena, Fenella (2020). Age of Marriage and Women's Political Engagement: Evidence from India. 42nd Annual Meeting of the Norwegian Association of Economists.
Carpena, Fenella (2019). Age of Marriage and Women's Political Engagement: Evidence from India. Gender and Economics Conference, University of Luxembourg. University of Luxembourg.
Carpena, Fenella (2019). How Do Droughts Impact Household Food Consumption and Nutritional Intake? A Study of Rural India. AIEAA Conference, Tomorrow's Food: Diet transition and its implication on health and the environment. AIEAA.