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Francisca García-Cobián Richter, PhD

Research Assistant Professor


Ph.D. Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University
M.S. Statistics, Oklahoma State University
B.S. Statistics, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP)

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Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations

Center on Urban Poverty and
Community Development

Room 205
Case Western Reserve University
11402 Bellflower Court
Cleveland, Ohio 44106


Francisca García-Cobián Richter is a Research Assistant Professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University.

She earned an undergraduate degree in statistics from the Universidad Católica del Perú (1994). Her M.S. in statistics (1997) and Ph.D. in agricultural economics (2000) are both from Oklahoma State University. Prior to coming to CWRU, she was a Research Economist in Community Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

Dr. Richter’s research focuses on the analysis of social interventions and the environments in which they operate. Her recent work includes estimating the effects of housing and neighborhood quality on children’s academic outcomes, evaluating a pay-for-success intervention targeted to families in the child welfare system facing housing instability, and assessing the economic cost of childhood exposure to domestic violence.

Dr. Richter is also associate director of the Math Corps Cleveland, a community-oriented academic enrichment and mentoring program for area middle and high-school students.

JOURNAL ARTICLESHolmes, M., F. G.-C. Richter, M. Votruba, K. Berg, and A. Bender, 2018. “Economic Burden of Child Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence in the United States.” Journal of Family Violence. 1-11. 10.1007/s10896-018-9954-7.Richter, F. G.-C., B. Barkley, and A. Higgins, 2017. “Do Tenant and Place-Based Rental Housing Programs Complement Each Other? Evidence from Ohio.”  The International Journal of Housing Policy, DOI: 10.1080/19491247.2017.1362757.

Fischer, R. and F. G.-C. Richter, 2016. “SROI in the pay for success context: Are they at odds?” Evaluation and Program Planning,

Coulton, C., Richter, F. G.-C., Kim, S., Fischer, R., Cho, Y. 2016. “Temporal Effects of Distressed Housing on Early Childhood Risk Factors and Kindergarten Readiness” Children and Youth Services Review, 68: 59-72.


Holmes, M., Votruba, Richter, F. G.-C., M., Berg, K., Bender, A. 2017. “Impact of Domestic Violence Exposure: Recommendations to Better Serve Ohio’s Children.

Richter, F. G.-C., Martin, H., Whitaker, S., Oduro, I., Urban, A. (2017). “Predictive Modeling of Surveyed Property Conditions and Vacancy.” Proceedings of the 18th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research, dg.o 17.

Francisca Richter in the News

  • International Education Week (November 13-17)
    by Mandel School on November 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    The Mandel School is proud to celebrate International Education Week (IEW), Nov. 13-17, 2017. IEW is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of an effort to promote programs that prepare Americans for a […]

  • One In Four Ohio Children Will Experience Domestic Violence, Study Led by Holmes Finds
    by Mandel School on July 21, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    One in four Ohio children will experience domestic violence before reaching adulthood, according to a new study conducted at the Mandel School at Case Western Reserve University. The lifetime cost from these experiences is nearly $2.2 billion, including $476 million in increased health care, $600 million associated with crime and $1.1 billion in productivity losses, […]

  • Poverty Center Co-Authors Report on Predictive Modeling of Vacant Properties
    by Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development on June 19, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Several researchers from the Poverty Center co-authored a new report on “Predictive Modeling of Surveyed Property Conditions and Vacancy” published in the proceedings of the 18th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research by the Digital Government Society. Using the results of a comprehensive in-person survey of properties in Cleveland, Ohio, the researchers fit predictive […]