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.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10583

We conducted a randomized evaluation of two labor market interventions targeted to young women aged 18 to 19 in three of Nairobi's poorest neighborhoods. One treatment offered participants a bundled intervention designed to simultaneously relieve credit and human capital constraints; a second treatment provided women with an unrestricted cash grant,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9870

We estimate the impact of Kenya's post-election crisis on individual risk preferences. The crisis interrupted a longitudinal survey of more than five thousand Kenyan youth, creating plausibly exogenous variation in exposure to civil conflict by the time of the survey. We measure individual risk preferences using hypothetical lottery choice questions...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9653

Empirically observed intertemporal choices about money have long been thought to exhibit present bias, i.e. higher short-term compared to long-term discount rates. Recently, this view has been called into question on both empirical and theoretical grounds, and a spate of recent findings suggest that present bias for money is minimal...