Pamela Jakiela

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Associate Professor of Economics
Williams College

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Research

Working Papers

Preprimary Education and Early Childhood Development: Evidence from Government Schools in Rural Kenya
CGD Working Paper 660
Joint with Owen Ozier, Lia C.H. Fernald, and Heather A. Knauer

Understanding the Impacts of Paid Maternity Leave on Women’s Labor Market Outcomes
IZA Discussion Paper No. 16565
Joint with Lillian Bates and Oliver Hall

Simple Diagnostics for Two-Way Fixed Effects

Big Sisters
CGD Working Paper 559
Joint with Owen Ozier, Lia C.H. Fernald, and Heather A. Knauer
Media Coverage: NPR Morning Edition, NPR Goats and Soda, NBC’s TODAY

Evaluating the Effects of an Early Literacy Intervention
Accepted based on Stage 1 Pre-Results Review at Journal of Development Economics
Joint with Lia C.H. Fernald, Healther A. Knauer, and Owen Ozier
Trial Registry Information

Gendered Language
Joint with Owen Ozier
Online Appendix
Media Coverage: Washington Post, El Pais

A Firm of One’s Own: Experimental Evidence On Credit Constraints and Occupational Choice
Joint with Andrew Brudevold, Maddalena Honorati, Gerald Ipapa, and Owen Ozier
Trial Registry Information

There’s No Place Like Home: Theory and Evidence on Decentralization and Politician Preferences
Joint with Vivian Hoffmann, Michael Kremer, Ryan Sheely, and Matthew Goodkin-Gold


Publications

The Role of Fathers in Promoting Early Childhood Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Review of the Evidence
World Bank Research Observer, forthcoming
Joint with David K. Evans

The Impacts of Childcare Interventions on Children’s Outcomes in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review
AEA Papers Proceedings, forthcoming
Joint with David K. Evans and Amina Mendez Acosta

The Distributional Preferences of Americans, 2013-2016
Experimental Economics, 2023, 26: 727-748
Joint with Raymond Fisman, Shachar Kariv, and Silvia Vannutelli

Tools to Measure the Impact of Early Childhood Development Interventions on Maternal Mental Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
SSM - Mental Health, 2022, 2: 100127
Joint with David K. Evans, Heather A. Knauer, and Amina Mendez Acosta

The impact of early childhood interventions on mothers
Science, 2021, 372(6544): 794-796
Joint with David K. Evans and Heather A. Knauer

Gender Gaps in Education: The Long View
IZA Journal of Development and Migration, 2021, 12(1)
Joint with David K. Evans and Maryam Akmal

How Soon Is Now? Evidence of Present Bias from Convex Time Budget Experiments
Experimental Economics, 2020, 23: 294-321
Joint with Uttara Balakrishnan and Johannes Haushofer

Enhancing Young Children’s Language Acquisition Through Parent-Child Book Sharing: a Randomized Trial in Rural Kenya
Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 2020, 1(1): 179-190
Joint with Lia C.H. Fernald, Heather A. Knauer, and Owen Ozier

Multilingual Assessment of Early Child Development: Analyses from Repeated Observations of Children in Kenya
Developmental Science, 2019, 22(5): e12875
Joint with Lia Fernald, Patricia Kariger, Heather Knauer, and Owen Ozier

The Impact of Violence on Individual Risk Preferences: Evidence from a Natural Experiment
Review of Economics and Statistics, 2019, 101(3): 547-549
Joint with Owen Ozier
Media Coverage: Four Questions Podcast with Alice Evans

Unconditional Cash Transfers for Clinical and Economic Outcomes Among HIV-Affected Ugandan Households: A Bayesian Randomised Trial
AIDS, 2018, 32(14): 2023-2031
Joint with Ed Mills, Achyuta Adhvaryu, Josephine Birungi, Stephen Okoboi, Teddy Chimulwa, Wangisi Jonathan, Tina Achilla, Evan Popoff, Shirin Golchi, and Dean Karlan

Distributional Preferences and Political Behavior
Journal of Public Economics, 2017, 155: 1-10
Joint with Raymond Fisman and Shachar Kariv
Online Appendix

Does Africa Need a Rotten Kin Theorem? Experimental Evidence from Village Economies
Review of Economic Studies, 2016, 83(1): 231-268
Joint with Owen Ozier
Online Appendix
Media Coverage: NPR, World Bank’s Development Impact Blog

The Distributional Preferences of an Elite
Science, 2015, 349(6254)
Joint with Raymond Fisman, Shachar Kariv, and Daniel Markovits
Media Coverage: New York Times, Ars Technica, Toronto Star, Slate, The Atlantic

How Fair Shares Compare: Experimental Evidence from Two Cultures
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2015, 118: 40-54
Experimental Instructions

You’ve Earned It: Estimating the Impact of Human Capital on Social Preferences
Experimental Economics, 2015, 18(3): 385-407
Joint with Edward Miguel and Vera te Velde
Online Appendix

How Did Distributional Preferences Change During the Great Recession?
Journal of Public Economics, 2015, 128: 84-95
Joint with Raymond Fisman and Shachar Kariv
Online Appendix
Media Coverage: Vox

Using Economic Experiments to Measure Informal Institutions
In Institutions, Property Rights, and Economic Growth: the Legacy of Douglass North
Cambridge University Press, edited by Sebastian Galiani and Itai Sened, 2014

Equity vs. Efficiency vs. Self-Interest
Experimental Economics, 2013, 16(2): 208-221
Experimental Instructions

Social Preferences and Fairness Norms as Informal Institutions: Experimental Evidence
American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings, 2011, 101(3): 509-513

Microfinance Games
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2010, 2(3): 60-95
Joint with Dean Karlan, Xavier Giné, and Jonathan Morduch