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 (January 2019)
- "Superstition, Fertility, and Inter-ethnic Spillovers: Evidence from Peninsular Malaysia," with Slesh A. Shrestha, Economic Development and Cultural Change, forthcoming.
- "The Relative Returns to Education, Experience, and Attractiveness for Young Workers," with Joshua Hyman and Caroline Theoharides, Economic Development and Cultural Change, forthcoming.
- "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 2019. Revise and resubmit at Economic Inquiry
- "Does Younger Age at Marriage Affect Divorce? Evidence from Executive Order 11241 and the 'Midnight Marriages',” with Martha Bailey and Anna Wentz. May 2019. 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.
- “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, IZA Discussion Paper No. 13233.
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.