Emily A. Beam
I am an associate professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Vermont and a 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 center on education and employment policy, with a particular focus on strengthening learning and facilitating school-to-work transitions among low-income youth. I also study other aspects of individual decision-making that have long-term impacts on poverty and earnings trajectories, such as fertility, marriage, and healthcare decisions.
Curriculum Vitae (September 2022)
The Impact of Short-Term Employment for Low-Income Youth: Experimental Evidence from the Philippines, with Stella Quimbo. August 2021. Forthcoming at the Review of Economics and Statistics. 3ie Policy Brief and 3ie Report. Available as IZA Discussion Paper No. 14661.
Leveraging Outside Readings and Low-Stakes Writing Assignments to Promote Student Engagement in an Economic Development Course, Journal of Economic Education, Vol 52, No. 4, August 2021, p274–285.
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, Economic Inquiry, Vol 59, No. 3, July 2021, p944–960. Available as IZA Discussion Paper No. 13233.
Does younger age at marriage affect divorce? Evidence from Johnson's Executive Order 11241, with Martha Bailey and Anna Wentz. May 2019. Economic Inquiry, Vol 59, No. 3, July 2021, p1328–1345.
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.
Social media as a recruitment and data collection tool: Experimental evidence on the relative eﬀectiveness of web surveys and chatbots. September 2022. Second revise and Resubmit at Journal of Development Economics.
Loss Aversion or Lack of Trust: Why Does Loss Framing Work?, with Yusufcan Masatioglu, Tara Watson, and Dean Yang. NBER Working Paper No. 29828. March 2022. Revise and Resubmit at Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics.
Work in Progress:
"Impact Evaluation of the DOLE Pilot Graduation Program," with Lasse Brune, Dean Karlan, Yasu Sawada, and Christopher Udry.