Layane Alhorr


Welcome! I'm a PhD candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School specializing in Development Economics, Labor Economics, Entrepreneurship, and Gender. 


Using natural and field experiments, I study ways to promote inclusive growth for marginalized communities, with a focus on the role that entrepreneurship and digital technologies play across cultures. In my job market paper, I investigate the promise of online market access through social media for female entrepreneurs living in conservative communities. 


Before my PhD, I was a researcher at JPAL MIT and spent time in Kenya working on digital financial inclusion projects. As a Fulbright scholar, I pursued a Masters' degree in International and Development Economics at Yale University.


I have taught executive education courses and undergraduate classes at Harvard University, including a class I designed on the Economics of Social Media. 


PS: my name can be pronounced as la-YAN A-lor, but feel free to ask whenever in doubt!