Martin Foureaux Koppensteiner

Dr Martin Foureaux Koppensteiner

Associate Professor
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Academic and research departments

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Economics.



Research interests


Postgraduate research supervision


Martin Foureaux Koppensteiner & Livia Menezes (2020) Violence and Human Capital Investments, forthcoming at Journal of Labor Economics, 2020.
In this paper, we combine extremely granular information on the location and timing of homicides with a number of large administrative educational datasets from Brazil, to estimate the effect of exposure to homicides around schools, students' residence, and on their way to school. We show that violence has a detrimental effect on school attendance, on standardised test scores and increases dropout rates of students substantially. We use exceptionally rich information from student- and parent-background questionnaires to investigate the effect of violence on the aspirations and attitudes towards education. We find that boys systematically report lower educational aspiration towards education.
Olukorede Abiona, Martin Foureaux Koppensteiner (2019) Financial Inclusion, Shocks and Welfare: Evidence from the Expansion of Mobile Money in Tanzania, Journal of Human Resources, forthcoming, 2019.
Martin Foureaux Koppensteiner (2017) Class Assignment and Peer Effects: Evidence from Brazilian Primary Schools, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 296-325.
Martin Foureaux Koppensteiner, Marco Manacorda (2016) The Effect of Violence on Birth Outcomes: Evidence from Homicides in Brazil, Journal of Development Economics, 119: 16-33.
Martin Foureaux Koppensteiner (2014) Automatic Grade Promotion and Student Performance: Evidence from Brazil, Journal of
Development Economics, 107: 277-290.
Martin Foureaux Koppensteiner; Jesse Matheson (2020) Secondary Schools and Teenage Childbearing: Evidence from the school expansion in Brazilian municipalities. Forthcoming (2020) at World Bank Economic Review.
This article investigates the effect of increasing secondary education opportunities on teenage fertility in Brazil. We construct a novel dataset to exploit variation from a 57% increase in secondary schools across 4,884 Brazilian municipalities between 1997 and 2009. We find that an increase of one school per 100 females reduces a cohort’s teenage birthrate by between 0.250 and 0.563 births per 100, or a reduction of one birth for roughly every 50 to 100 students who enroll in secondary education.