- International development
- Design and implementation of longitudinal surveys in developing countries
- Design and implementation of experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations
- Early childhood health and nutrition
- Behavioral economics
- Early Childhood
Nicholas Ingwersen has experience designing and implementing large-scale longitudinal surveys of individuals, households, and communities in developing countries. His research includes experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations of the impact of development programs, and the effects of unexpected shocks on health and economic behavior in developing countries.
Ingwersen is currently working on a randomized evaluation of the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s community-based nutrition program in Indonesia, which aims to reduce rates of child stunting. He also has a key role on an evaluation of the MasterCard Foundation Scholars program, which provides scholarships, mentoring, transition support, and networking to academically promising but economically disadvantaged secondary and postsecondary students in sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the developing world.
Before joining Mathematica in 2015, Ingwersen worked on a project that conducted longitudinal surveys of individuals and households living in coastal communities in the Indonesian provinces of Aceh and North Sumatra at the time of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. He led the design and implementation of an innovative project that uses touch-screen computers with real monetary payments to study the impact of the tsunami on the economic and social preferences, including risk aversion, altruism, and trust. He also worked on the implementation of a randomized evaluation of an iron supplementation program on the economic behavior of individuals in a rural Indonesian village.
Ingwersen is a member of the Population Association of America and has presented research at the Population Association of America and North East Universities Development Consortium annual conferences. His work has been published in the American Journal of Public Health, and he holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Duke University.