Emily A. Beam
I am an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Vermont and research fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA). I previously worked as a visiting assistant professor at the National University of Singapore. I received a Ph.D in economics and public policy from the University of Michigan in 2013 and a B.S. in economics, mathematics, and Spanish from the University of Michigan in 2006.
My research interests are in labor and development economics, with a particular focus on employment and education policy, migration, fertility and marriage, and the role of incomplete information and behavioral biases on individual decision-making. I am currently conducting impact evaluations of summer employment and teacher placement programs in the Philippines, as well as field experiments on the relative returns to education and experience among young job-seekers.
Curriculum Vitae (March 2021)
“The Influence of Hidden Researcher Decisions in Applied Microeconomics” with Nick Huntington-Klein, Andreu Arenas, Marco Bertoni, Jeffrey R. Bloem, Pralhad Burli, Naibin Chen, Paul Greico, Godwin Ekpe, Todd Pugatch, Martin Saavedra, Yaniv Stopnitzky. Forthcoming at Economic Inquiry. (IZA Discussion Paper No. 13233)
Leveraging Outside Readings and Low-Stakes Writing Assignments to Promote Student Engagement in an Economic Development Course. February 2021. Forthcoming at the Journal of Economic Education.
Does Younger Age at Marriage Affect Divorce? Evidence from Executive Order 11241 and the 'Midnight Marriages', with Martha Bailey and Anna Wentz. May 2019. Accepted at Economic Inquiry
Superstition, Fertility, and Inter-ethnic Spillovers: Evidence from Peninsular Malaysia, with Slesh A. Shrestha, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Vol 69, No. 1, September 2020.
The Relative Returns to Education, Experience, and Attractiveness for Young Workers, with Joshua Hyman and Caroline Theoharides, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Vol 68 No 2, January 2020, p391-428.
Do Job Fairs Matter? Experimental Evidence from the Philippines. Journal of Development Economics, Vol 120, May 2016, p32-40.
Unilateral Facilitation Does Not Raise International Labor Migration from the Philippines, with David McKenzie and Dean Yang, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Vol 64, No. 2, January 2016.
"Do Ex Ante Incentives Generate Endowment Effects or Trust? Evidence from a Randomised Field Experiment Promoting Preventive Health Care," with Yusufcan Masatioglu, Tara Watson, and Dean Yang. January 2021. Revise and resubmit at Economic Inquiry
"The Impact of Summer Employment for Low-Income Youth: Experimental Evidence from the Philippines," with Stella Quimbo. October 2019. Revise and resubmit at the Review of Economics and Statistics. 3ie Policy Brief and 3ie Report.
Work in Progress:
“Impact Evaluation of the DOLE Pilot Graduation Program,” with Lasse Brune, Dean Karlan, Yasu Sawada, and Christopher Udry.
“Education and Skills for Out-of-School Children in Bangladesh,” with Priya Mukherjee.
"Birth Timing and the Agricultural Season" with Joshua Merfeld.