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Erin K. Fletcher


Erin K. Fletcher is a labor economist with fifteen years of experience conducting research and evaluation in gender, violence, health, livelihoods and education around the world. She brings a creative methodological lens to often intractable problems of measurement and monitoring.

At Results for Development, Dr. Fletcher is an economist with the Evaluation and Adaptive Learning team and also supports a wide range of projects across R4D’s practice areas with technical expertise. These projects include Rapid Feedback MERL, R4D’s collaboration with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, pneumonia work led by the Market Shaping team, and collaborating with the Accountability and Citizen Engagement team on Leveraging Transparency to Combat Corruption.

Dr. Fletcher’s scholarly writing has appeared in several outlets, including the Journal of Development Studies, Maternal and Child Health, Economic History Review and Migration Letters. She has a large body of influential work on social norms and related programming, specifically with respect to violence and discrimination against women and children, which has appeared in the Handbook of Gender and Psychology as well as in white papers authored with DFID, UNFPA and UNICEF.

Before joining R4D, Dr. Fletcher ran a small research and evaluation firm from Denver, CO. For a range of clients including the IRC, FEWS NET, USAID, UNFPA, UNICEF and many small international NGOs, she conducted formative and applied research, cost-benefit analysis and monitoring and evaluation projects for international economic development. In her former life as an academic, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard’s Kennedy School and taught economics at Lafayette College and Gettysburg College after dabbling in, and ultimately failing at, a journalism career in Venezuela.

Dr. Fletcher serves on the Advisory Board at Al Mokha ( as an economist advisor on partnerships and issues of international economic development. She holds a PhD and MA in cconomics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BS from Duke University in economics and Latin American studies. She speaks English and Spanish fluently and a smattering of any number of languages native to places she’s lived and traveled.

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