Rachel M. Heath


Heath, Rachel and A. Mushfiq Mobarak. 2015. Manufacturing Growth and the Lives of Bangladeshi Women. Journal of Development Economics 115: 1–15. [pdf] [NBER WP 20383]
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] [World Bank WP 6149] [online appendix]

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

The Effect of Early Cohabitation on Maternal and Child Outcomes: Evidence from India [pdf] with Amalavoyal Chari, Annemie Maertens, and Freeha Fatima (revision requested by the Journal of Development Economics)

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 (accepted at the World Bank Economic Review)
This article appeared as part of the United Nation's Roadmap for Promoting Women's Economic Empowerment

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

Worth Fighting For: Daughters Improve their Mother's Autonomy in South Asia [pdf] with Xu Tan (submitted)

Fertility at Work: Children and Women's Labor Market Outcomes in Urban Ghana [pdf] (submitted)

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:
Migrants, Information, and Working Conditions in Bangladeshi Garment Factories (with Tyler McCormick)

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

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)