Biography

Layane is a residential research fellow with the Middle East Initiatve. She is also a PhD candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School specializing in development, labor, and behavioral economics. She uses natural and field experiments to study digital technologies' impact in developing countries, with a focus on how these technologies interact with local cultures and norms. Her main research has focused on the impact of social media on female entrepreneurship in the context of Jordan. 
During her PhD, Layane has taught executive education courses and undergraduate classes at Harvard, including classes on Survey Research Methods and on the Economics of Social Media. Before her PhD, she was a researcher at JPAL MIT and spent time in Kenya working on digital financial inclusion projects. As a Fulbright scholar, she pursued a Masters' degree in International and Development Economics at Yale University.

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