Lila Rabinovich

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Lila Rabinovich is a qualitative social science analyst, with extensive experience of research in both domestic and international contexts. Her expertise centers primarily around health and aging, social protection, and financial wellbeing, with a cross-cutting interest in gender and behavior. She has a strong track record of successfully leading qualitative studies as well as of leading the qualitative research component of numerous mixed methods studies. Lila is experienced in a range of methods of qualitative data collection and analysis, including key-informant, cognitive and in-depth interviews, focus groups, site visits and observations, and systematic reviews of evidence. She has also contributed to the design of several online surveys and experiments using the Understanding America Study (UAS), a nationally representative online panel managed by the Center for Economic and Social Research at the University of Southern California. Her work has been funded by government agencies, multi-lateral organizations, and foundations in the United States and abroad, including the World Bank, DfID, OECD, ILO, WHO, Social Security Administration, National Institutes of Health, Financial Health Network, and others. She has a BSc in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and an MPhil in International Development Studies from Oxford University. Prior to joining CESR, Lila worked at the RAND Corporation for seven years, and before that in international development NGOs in the UK, China and Italy.


  • M.Phil. International Development, University of Oxford, 2004
  • B.Sc. Social Anthropology, London School of Economics, 2001