Mariaflavia Harari

Mariaflavia Harari
  • Assistant Professor of Real Estate

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    428 Vance Hall
    3733 Spruce Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104-6301

Research Interests: development economics, urban economics

Links: CV, Personal Website

Overview

EDUCATION

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), PhD, Economics–2016
Bocconi University, M.Sc. summa cum laude, Economics and Social Sciences–2009
Bocconi University, B.A. summa cum laude, Economics and Social Sciences–2007

Academic Positions Held

Assistant Professor of Real Estate, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 2015-present

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Research

  • Mariaflavia Harari and Guido Tabellini “The Effect of Culture on the Functioning of Institutions: Evidence from European Regions”, CESifo DICE Report 1/2009, forthcoming in Harrison, L. and E. Yasin, eds. “Culture Matters II: Focus on Russia”, New York: Lexington Books.

  • Mariaflavia Harari (2019), Women’s Inheritance Rights and Bargaining Power: Evidence from Kenya, Economic Development and Cultural Change, 2019, Vol. 68 (1), pp. 189-238.

    Abstract: This paper investigates the human capital effects of a legal reform granting Kenyan women equal inheritance rights. I employ a difference-in-differences strategy, exploiting variation in pre-reform inheritance rights across religious groups. I find that women exposed to the reform are more educated, less likely to undergo genital mutilation, more likely to receive prenatal care, and that they delay marriage and childbearing. They also tend to participate more in family decisions, suggesting improved bargaining power as the main channel. These findings suggest that legal recognition of women's inheritance rights can be beneficial for women even in contexts of poor enforcement.

  • Mariaflavia Harari and Maisy Wong, Slum Upgrading and Long-run Urban Development: Evidence from Indonesia.

    Abstract: Developing country cities face massive urbanization. We investigate how to facilitate urban transformation through the lens of the 1969-1984 KIP program, which provided public goods to five million slum residents in Jakarta, Indonesia. We assemble high-resolution data on program boundaries and current outcomes, including novel slum indexes from photographs. Among historical slums, KIP areas have 12% lower land values and 50% fewer high-rises. They are more informal, denser, and land is more fragmented. Boundary estimates are similar. As weak property rights limit mobility, place-based distortions from upgrades make central slums persist longer, leading to dynamic inefficiencies as land becomes scarce.

  • Mariaflavia Harari (2018), Conflict, Climate and Cells: a Disaggregated Analysis, (joint with Eliana La Ferrara), Review of Economics and Statistics, 2018, Vol. 100 (4), pp. 594-608.

    Abstract: We conduct a disaggregated empirical analysis of civil conflict at the subnational level in Africa over 1997-2011 using a new gridded dataset. We construct an original measure of agriculture-relevant weather shocks exploiting within-year variation in weather and in crop growing season, and spatial variation in crop cover. Temporal and spatial spillovers in conflict are addressed through spatial econometric techniques. Negative shocks occurring during the growing season of local crops affect conflict incidence persistently, and local conflict spills over to neighboring cells. We use our estimates to trace the dynamic response to shocks and predict how future warming may affect violence.  

  • Mariaflavia Harari, Cities in Bad Shape: Urban Geometry in India 2019. Forthcoming for publication, American Economic Review.

    Abstract: The spatial layout of cities is an important feature of urban form, highlighted by urban planners but overlooked by economists. This paper investigates the causal economic implications of city shape in India. I measure cities’ geometric properties over time using satellite imagery and historical maps. I develop an instrument for urban shape based on geographic obstacles encountered by expanding cities. Compact city shape is associated with faster population growth and households display positive willingness to pay for more compact layouts. Transit accessibility is an important channel. Land use regulations can contribute to deteriorating city shape.

Teaching

Past Courses

  • FNCE209 - REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS

    This course provides an introduction to real estate with a focus on investment and financing issues. Project evaluation, financing strategies, investment decision making and real estate capital markets are covered. No prior knowledge of the industry is required, but students are expected to rapidly acquire a working knowledge of real estate markets. Classes are conducted in a standard lecture format with discussion required. The course contains cases that help students evaluate the impact of more complex financing and capital markets tools used in real estate. There are case studies and two midterms, (depending on instructor).

  • FNCE721 - REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS

    This course provides an introduction to real estate with a focus on investment and financing issues. Project evaluation, financing strategies, investment decision making and capital markets are covered. No prior knowledge of the industry is required, but students are expected to rapidly acquire a working knowledge of real estate markets. Classes are conducted in a standard lecture format with discussion required. The course contains cases that help students evaluate the impact of more complex financing and capital markets tools used in real estate.

  • REAL209 - REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS

    This course provides an introduction to real estate with a focus on investment and financing issues. Project evaluation, financing strategies, investment decision making and real estate capital markets are covered. No prior knowledge of the industry is required, but students are expected to rapidly acquire a working knowledge of real estate markets. Classes are conducted in a standard lecture format with discussion required. The course contains cases that help students evaluate the impact of more complex financing and capital markets tools used in real estate. There are case studies and two midterms, (depending on instructor).

  • REAL721 - REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS

    This course provides an introduction to real estate with a focus on investment and financing issues. Project evaluation, financing strategies, investment decision making and capital markets are covered. No prior knowledge of the industry is required, but students are expected to rapidly acquire a working knowledge of real estate markets. Classes are conducted in a standard lecture format with discussion required. The course contains cases that help students evaluate the impact of more complex financing and capital markets tools used in real estate.

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Latest Research

Mariaflavia Harari and Guido Tabellini “The Effect of Culture on the Functioning of Institutions: Evidence from European Regions”, CESifo DICE Report 1/2009, forthcoming in Harrison, L. and E. Yasin, eds. “Culture Matters II: Focus on Russia”, New York: Lexington Books.
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How Inheritance Rights Changed the Lives of Kenyan Women

A law that granted inheritance rights to Kenyan women resulted in greater empowerment and gains in their levels of education and health.

Knowledge @ Wharton - 2016/11/23
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