Rachel M. Heath


Manufacturing Growth and the Lives of Bangladeshi Women [pdf] [NBER WP 20383] with Mushfiq Mobarak (accepted at the Journal of Development Economics)

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, Behind the Thread podcast (episode 8)

Women's Access to Labor Market Opportunities, Control of Household Resources, and Domestic Violence, World Development 57: 32-46. [pdf] [World Bank WP 6149] [online appendix]

Working Papers:
Why do Firms Hire Using Referrals? Evidence from Bangladeshi Garment Factories [pdf] (revision resubmitted to the Journal of Political Economy)

Intrahousehold Bargaining, Female Autonomy, and Labor Supply: Theory and Evidence from India [pdf] with Xu Tan (submitted)

Bridging the Gender Gap: Identifying What is Holding Self-Employed Women Back in Ghana, Rwanda, Tanzania, and The Republic of Congo [pdf] [World Bank WP 6946] [online appendix] with Elisa Gamberoni and Emily Nix (revision resubmitted to the World Bank Economic Review)

This article appeared as part of the United Nation's Roadmap for Promoting Women's Economic Empowerment

Permanent working paper:
Women’s Assets at Marriage and Microenterprise Profits [pdf] (some elements of this paper were incorporated into the intrahousehold bargaining and labor supply paper with Xu Tan)

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

The Impact of Rural Health Worker Incentive Schemes on Health Outcomes: A Case Study of Southern Thailand (with Pasita Chaijaroen)

Women's Job Opportunities and Marriage Quality (with Jagori Saha)

Empowering Women to Avoid Sexual Violence (with Fabliha Ibnat)

Daughters Improve their Mother's Autonomy in South Asia (with Xu Tan)

Collecting High-Frequency Labor Market Data: Evidence from a Survey Experiment in Ghana (with Ghazala Mansuri, Bob Rijkers, Will Seitz, and Dhiraj Sharma)