Kevin Donovan's research focuses on both the macro and microeconomics of economic growth, mostly studying constraints to firm growth in the developing world. Some of his recent work considers the impact of missing infrastructure for Central American farmers, and also the importance of inter-firm knowledge transfers among Kenyan microenterprise owners.
Development economics; macroeconomics
The impact of risk on agricultural choices; the policies that generate misallocation across occupations in developing countries
‘What are We Going to Do Next Time?’
Jun 4, 2020
A new Ford Program study is asking whether cash grants can help female entrepreneurs in Kenya keep their businesses afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.
Notre Dame Video: "Fighting to End Poverty"
Oct 27, 2017
The research of Faculty Fellows Wyatt Brooks, Kevin Donovan, and Terry Johnson (economics) and Kellogg International Scholar Brian Mukhaya ’17 is featured in Notre Dame's latest "What would you fight for" video. Facilitated by the Institute's Ford Program, the three economists conducted an innovative randomized trial to investigate how women in Dandora, a sprawling section of Nairobi, could better support their families. Watch to learn more...