Firman Witoelar Kartaadipoetra is a Fellow at the Indonesia Project, Crawford School of Public Policy. Previously he was the research director of SurveyMeter, a research organization based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Before that, he was a research economist at the development economics research group (DECRG) at the World Bank, Washington, DC. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Michigan State University and was a Rockefeller Postdoctoral Fellow at the Economic Growth Center, Yale University.
Firman’s research interest is in the broad area of development microeconomics, in particular health behavior and outcomes, economics of aging, education and labor market outcomes, consumption and income dynamics, intersection of poverty and gender, long term dynamics of human capital formation and outcomes, survey design and methodology, and impact evaluation. Since 2000, Firman has been involved with the development and implementation of Indonesia Family Life Survey including as one of the Co-Principal Investigators of IFLS4 (2007) and IFLS5 (2014).
Firman is a faculty affiliate at Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and at CPC Learning Network, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.
Firman’s research focuses on long term consequences of socio-economic and health circumstances on well-being over the life course, in the context of Indonesian population. One of his two ongoing research on this topic is on how health deprivation in childhood can affect not only health but also other human capital and economic outcomes later in life. The second study on this topic investigates the intergenerational transmission of health: how closely one’s health is influenced by health of the parents, in the context of large variation in health infrastructure and disease environment. These studies are trying to answer some of long reaching questions that academic and policy makers may have to answer beyond examining the immediate impacts of the current Covid-19 pandemic. Witoelar’s research on the dynamics of extended family and intergenerational households have strong relevance on how households cope with health and economic shocks.
With Blane Lewis, Firman co-edited the volume Economic Dimensions of Covid-19 in Indonesia: Responding to the Crisis. 2021. Singapore: ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. ISBN : 978-981-4951-45.