I am a Ph.D. student in economics at the University of Texas at Austin. My research focuses on topics in labor and population economics, such as migration and environmental determinants of productivity.
I am on the job market and will be available for interviews at the 2019 ASSA meetings in Atlanta.
My job market paper examines how temperature impacts worker productivity in developing countries. Using a dataset from 46 countries, I estimate the relationship between temperature and the quality and quantity of survey data produced by Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) interviewers. Using daily average wet bulb temperature, which takes into account the interaction between temperature and humidity, as my weather variable of interest, I find evidence that interviewers complete fewer interviews per hour worked on hot days. In addition, I find evidence that interviewers' productivity decreases more on tasks that are less easily observed by their supervisors and that they tend to complete more interviews in the cooler parts of the day at the expense of spending more hours in the field.
For more information please see my CV or contact me at: melissa(dot)lopalo(at)utexas(dot)edu