Rachel M. Heath

                     

Research Statement

Published/Forthcoming:
Heath, Rachel. "Why do Firms Hire Using Referrals? Evidence from Bangladeshi Garment Factories" [pdf] (accepted at the Journal of Political Economy)

Heath, Rachel and Seema Jayachandran. "The Causes and Consequences of Increased Female Education and Labor Force Participation in Developing Countries" [pdf] (prepared for inclusion in the Oxford Handbook on the Economics of Women, ed. Susan L. Averett, Laura M. Argys and Saul D. Hoffman. New York: Oxford University Press. Forthcoming, 2018)

Chari, Amalavoyal, Rachel Heath, Annemie Maertens, and Freeha Fatima. 2017. “The Causal Effect of Maternal Age at Marriage on Child Wellbeing: Evidence from India.” Journal of Development Economics. 127: 42-55. [pdf]

Heath, Rachel. 2017. “Fertility at Work: Children and Women's Labor Market Outcomes in Urban Ghana.” Journal of Development Economics. 126: 190-214. [pdf]

Nix, Emily, Elisa Gamberoni, and Rachel Heath. 2016. “Bridging the Gender Gap: Identifying What is Holding Self-Employed Women Back in Ghana, Rwanda, Tanzania, and the Republic of Congo” World Bank Economic Review 30(3): 501-521. [pdf] [online appendix]
This article appeared as part of the United Nation's Roadmap for Promoting Women's Economic Empowerment

Heath, Rachel and A. Mushfiq Mobarak. 2015. Manufacturing Growth and the Lives of Bangladeshi Women. Journal of Development Economics. 115: 1–15. [pdf]
Previously circulated as "Does Supply or Demand Constrain Investments in Education? Evidence from Garment Sector Jobs in Bangladesh".
Press/policy coverage: The Daily Star (Dhaka's English-language newspaper), New York Times Economix, Financial Times beyondbrics, Chris Blattman's blog, Development Impact, Ideas for India, Business Week, Cato Institute, livemint

Heath, Rachel. 2014. Women's Access to Labor Market Opportunities, Control of Household Resources, and Domestic Violence, World Development 57: 32-46. [pdf] [online appendix]


Working Papers:
Intrahousehold Bargaining, Female Autonomy, and Labor Supply: Theory and Evidence from India [pdf] with Xu Tan (revision requested by the Journal of the European Economic Association)

Worth Fighting For: Daughters Improve their Mother's Autonomy in South Asia [pdf] with Xu Tan (revision requested by the Journal of Development Economics)

Measuring Employment: Experimental Evidence from Ghana [pdf] with Ghazala Mansuri, Bob Rijkers, Will Seitz, and Dhiraj Sharma (submitted)

Migrants, Information, and Working Conditions in Bangladeshi Garment Factories [pdf] with Laura Boudreau and Tyler McCormick

Labor Supply Responses to Illness Shocks: Evidence from High-Frequency Labor Market Data in Urban Ghana (with Ghazala Mansuri and Bob Rijkers) [pdf] [online appendix]


Permanent Working Paper:
Women’s Assets at Marriage and Microenterprise Profits [pdf] (some of the ideas in this paper were incorporated into the "Intrahousehold Bargaining, Female Autonomy, and Labor Supply" paper)


Research in Progress:
Intimate Partner Violence and Economic Development: Evidence from Colombia (with Nicolas Santos and Rafael Santos)

After the Flood (with Andres Sanchez)

Revealed Preference Measures of Women's Empowerment (with Tyler McCormick)

Property Rights and Investments in Inputs in Aquaculture (with Guthrie Gray-Lobe and Mushfiq Mobarak)

Intrahousehold Effects of an Unconditional Cash Transfer (with Melissa Hidrobo and Shalini Roy)

How do Women’s Increased Agency and Increased Decision-Making Transform Household Welfare Outcomes in Fragile Settings? (with Manuela Angelucci)