Pamela Jakiela is an Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Dr. Jakiela was an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her PhD from UC Berkeley in 2008, and she also holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MSc from the London School of Economics.

Her research sits at the intersection of behavioral economics and development. Her work has been published in journals including Science, the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Public Economics, and American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. Much of her current research explores the links between individual risk, time, and social preferences and outcomes including educational attainment, entrepreneurship, and support for redistribution. She is also involved in a number of ongoing evaluations of development and labor market programs in the developing world.

She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in November 2014.