Nick Ingwersen

Nicholas Ingwersen

Researcher
Areas of Expertise
  • 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
  • Primary and Secondary Education
Topics
  • International
  • Early Childhood
  • Health
  • Education
About Nicholas

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 of the effects of unexpected shocks on health and economic behavior in developing countries.

Ingwersen currently works on randomized evaluations of the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s education improvement project in Georgia, which includes infrastructure rehabilitation and teacher training activities. He has a key role in the evaluation of the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s community-based nutrition program in Indonesia, which aims to reduce rates of child stunting in rural communities. He also works on the 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 used 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 people in a rural Indonesian village.

Ingwersen has presented research at the American Economic Association, Population Association of America, and North East Universities Development Consortium annual meetings. His work has been published in the American Journal of Public Health, and he holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Duke University.

Key Projects
  • Georgia school building
    Georgia: Impact Evaluation of the General Education Project

    The Millennium Challenge Corporation supported Georgia’s Improving General Education Quality Project. This project involved training of STEM teachers and improvements to school facilities. Mathematica’s study required multiple evaluation designs and data collection activities