Amanda Pallais

Amanda Pallais is the Paul Sack Associate Professor of Political Economy and Social Studies in the Economics Department at Harvard University.  Her research focuses on the bar­ri­ers pre­vent­ing work­ers from achiev­ing effi­cient employ­ment out­comes and stu­dents from opti­mally invest­ing in human capital.

Her research has explored the extent to which the cost of devel­op­ing a rep­u­ta­tion acts as a bar­rier pre­vent­ing work­ers from enter­ing the labor mar­ket, how small changes in col­lege appli­ca­tion fees can dra­mat­i­cally affect the col­lege appli­ca­tion choices of low-SES stu­dents, and how moti­vat­ing high school stu­dents with merit schol­ar­ships for col­lege can sub­stan­tially improve their high school per­for­mance. Currently, she is work­ing on a field exper­i­ment in France ana­lyz­ing the pos­si­ble effects of dis­crim­i­na­tion on the job per­for­mance of women and minori­ties and an SEII project eval­u­at­ing whether col­lege schol­ar­ships can increase col­lege matric­u­la­tion and improve the job prospects of low-income students.

Pallais received her B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Virginia in 2006 and her Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 2011.