kathryn (katya) vasilaky


Ovaisi, Zohreh, Kathryn Vasilaky, Elena Zheleva. Propensity-independent Bias Recovery in Offline Learning-to-rank Systems, (2021) 44th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR).

Vasilaky, Kathryn, Michelle Brock, Power(ful) Guidelines for Experimental Economists, (2020) Journal of the Experimental Science Association.

Ovaisi, Zohreh, Ragib Ahsan, Yifan Zhang, Kathryn Vasilaky, Elena Zheleva, Correcting for Selection Bias in Learning-to-rank Systems, (2020) Proceedings of the 2020 World Wide Web Conference (WWW/WebConf).

Enenkel, M., M.E. Brown, J.V. Vogt, J.L.McCarty, A.Reid Bell, D. Guha-Sapir, W.A. Dorigo, K. Vasilaky, M. Svoboda, R. Bonifacio, S. Voigt, M. Anderson, C. Funk, D.E. Osgood, C. Hain, P. Vinck, Why predict climate hazards if we need to understand impacts? Mobile technologies could put humans back into the equation,(2020) Climatic Change.

Buehren, Niklas, and Markus Goldstein, Kenneth Leonard, Joao Montalvao, Kathryn Vasilaky, Spillover Effects of Girls’ Empowerment on Brothers’ Competitiveness: Evidence from a Lab-in-the-Field Experiment in Uganda, (2020) Economic Development and Cultural Change.

Vasilaky, Kathryn, Sofía Martínez Sáez, Radomst Stanimirova, Daniel Osgood, Perceptions of Farm Size Heterogeneity and Demand for Group Index Insurance, (2020) Games.

Vasilaky, Kathryn, Rahel Diro, Michael Norton, Geoff McCarnery, and Daniel Osgood, Can Education Unlock Scale? The Demand Impact of Educational Games on a Large-Scale Unsubsidised Index Insurance Programme in Ethiopia, (2019) Journal of Development Studies.

Vasilaky, Kathryn, Kenneth Leonard, As Good as the Networks They Keep?: Improving Outcomes through Weak Ties in Uganda, (2018) Economic Development and Cultural Change, 66(4): 755-792. (Supplementary derivations, for the Target-Input model with Bayesian updating)

Vasilaky, Kathryn, Asif Islam, By Team or By Tournament? Incentives for Sharing Information in an Experimental Game, (2018) World Development, 103: 216-225.

Vasilaky, Kathryn, Female Social Networks and Farmer Training: Can Randomized Information Exchange Improve Outcomes?, (2013) American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 95(2): 376-383.

Haack, R, A., K. O. Britton, E. G. Brockerhoff, J. F. Cavey, L. J. Garrett, M. Kimberley, F. Lowenstein, A. Nuding, L. J. Olson, J. Turner, and K. N. Vasilaky. ``Effectiveness of the International Phytosanitary Standard ISPM No. 15.'' (2014) PLoS ONE, 9(5).

working papers

Hill, Ruth, Carolina Mejía-Mantilla, Kathryn Vasilaky, "Vanishing Returns? Potential Returns and Constraints to Input Adoption among Smallholder Farmers in Uganda." World Bank Research Paper Vol. 1, No. 8627, (2020) R&R.

Flory, Jeffrey, Kenneth Leonard, Magda Tsaneva, Kathryn Vasilaky, "Social context and child-rearing environments: How social structure shapes female competition throughout her lifetime" (2020), Working Paper.

Baul, Tushi, Dean Karlan, Kentaro Toyama, Kathryn Vasilaky "Improving Smallholder Agriculture via Video-BasedGroup Extension" Working Paper, (2020), and Social Registry Trial 313..

Vasilaky, Kathryn, "A Generalized Ridge Regression Using an Iterative Solution: the Inverse Problem in Regression Analysis with a Stopping Rule," Columbia University, Working Paper, (2019) and accompanying git repo.

Harou, Aurélie, Chia-Ying Lee, Daniel Osgood, Kathryn Vasilaky, "Measuring the Impact of Timely Disaster Response in the Philippines using Weather Extremes," Working Paper, (2019).

unpublished papers

Shirley, Kenny, Kathryn Vasilaky, Helen Greatrex, and Daniel Osgood, "A Hierarchal Bayesian Model of Weather Prediction with Multiple Time Series," Earth Institute, Columbia University, Working Paper (2016).


Vasilaky, Kathryn and Kenneth Leonard, "Improving Social Networks for Ugandan Farmers" (2016) Gender Innovation Lab Policy Brief, World Bank Report.

Buehren, Niklas, and Markus Goldstein, Kenneth Leonard, Joao Montalvao, Kathryn Vasilaky, World Bank Report Number WPS7699.

World Bank Policy brief on using local social networks in agricultural training.


An interview with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on our randomized controlled trial conducted with Digital Green and the support of BMGF . Field video from International Research Institute, Columbia University on Micro Insurance in Honduras.

A guest blog post for the World Bank on social networks and economic prosperity.

A World Bank post listing influential RCTs in economic development at Oxford's CSAE conference.

A Women 2.0 blog post on my thoughts on tech and social causes, from when I was a mentor for TechStars Patriot Bootcamp.

A Datakind blog post I wrote about an amazing social entrepreneur mapping crises, Sara Jayne Terp.