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)
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. A native of Peru, 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. She is currently affiliated with the Bank in the same role, on a project-basis.  Dr. Richter’s research focuses on the analysis of social interventions and the environments in which they operate. Her recent work is centered on low-income housing programs, mobility in low-income neighborhoods, and neighborhood effects.


Her current projects include (1) an evaluation of the effects of social services and neighborhood context on child maltreatment rates, (2) an analysis of housing quality and instability experienced at an early age, and its relationship to school readiness, (3) the evaluation of a social investment experiment that aims to improve outcomes for families in the foster care system. Dr. Richter is also associate director of the Math Corps at Cleveland State University, a branch of Wayne State University’s highly successful program for middle and high-school students, providing academic enrichment and mentorship in a community-oriented setting.

Elvery, J., L. Nelson, and F. G.‐C. Richter, 2014. “A WIB Turns to Demand: Helping Jobseekers by Helping Employers.” To be published in “New Models and Initiatives for Workforce Development Intermediaries.” Case Companion Book to  Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policy. Edited by the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Kansas City and the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.

Richter, F. G.-C. and B.R. Craig. 2013 “Lending Patterns in Poor Neighborhoods,” Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 95: 197–206.

Brorsen, B.W., and F.G.-C. Richter. 2012. “Experimental Designs for Estimating Plateau-Type Production Functions and Economically Optimal Input Levels.” Journal of Productivity Analysis, 38:45‐52.

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 [… […]