Lore Vandewalle


Professor, International Economics & Pictet Chair in Finance and Development
Affiliated to the Centre for Finance and Development
Faculty Affiliate, Gender Centre
Spoken languages
Dutch, English, French
Areas of expertise
  • Financial inclusion
  • Gender, women and public policies
  • Governance and political reservations
  • Microfinance, savings and insurance
  • Rural development and resource governance
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • South Asia

Lore Vandewalle is a Professor in the Department of Economics at the Graduate Institute, where she holds the Pictet Chair for Finance and Development. Previously, she was a part-time senior researcher at the University of Oslo. Professor Vandewalle obtained her PhD from the University of Namur in Belgium in 2011. Before joining the Graduate Institute in September 2012, she was employed as a researcher at Bocconi University, the London School of Economics and the University of Gottingen.

Since 2020, Lore Vandewalle is  affiliated with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL).
Lore Vandewalle is an applied micro-economist, specialised in development and political economics. Her research mainly focuses on financial inclusion and micro-enterprise development in India, Bangladesh and Uganda. She has also been working on political reservations and public good provision in India.


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Selected publications


  • Increasing Trust in the Bank to Enhance Savings: Experimental Evidence from India, with Rahul Mehrotra and Vincent Somville, accepted at Economic Development and Cultural Change.
  • Socially Disadvantaged Groups and Microfinance in India, with Jean-Marie Baland and Rohini Somanathan, accepted at Economic Development and Cultural Change.
  • Somville, V. and Vandewalle, L. (2018), Saving by Default: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Rural India, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 10(3): 39-66.
  • Vandewalle, L. (2017), The Role of Accountants in Indian Self-Help Groups: A Trade-off between Financial and Non-Financial Benefits, World Development, 93: 177-192.
  • Casini, P., Vandewalle, L. and Wahhaj, Z. (2017), Public Good Provision in Indian Rural Areas: The Returns to Collective Action by Microfinance Groups. World Bank Economic Review, 31(1): 97-128

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