Rachel M. Heath


Migrants, Information, and Working Conditions in Bangladeshi Garment Factories [pdf] [policy brief] with Laura Boudreau and Tyler McCormick (forthcoming at the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization)

Angelucci, Manuela, Rachel Heath and Eva Noble. 2023. Graduation Programs Targeting Women: Evidence from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Journal of Development Economics, 164: 103146. [pdf]

Bossavie, Laurent, Yoonyoung Cho, and Rachel Heath. 2023. The Effects of International Scrutiny on Manufacturing Workers: Evidence from the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh. Journal of Development Economics, 163: 103107. [pdf]

Heath, Rachel, Ghazala Mansuri, and Bob Rijkers. 2022. "Labor Supply Responses to Illness Shocks: Evidence from High-Frequency Labor Market Data in Urban Ghana." Journal of Human Resources 57(1), 143-177. [pdf] [online appendix]

Heath, Rachel, Ghazala Mansuri, Bob Rijkers, William Seitz, and Dhiraj Sharma. 2021. "Measuring Employment: Experimental Evidence from Urban Ghana." The World Bank Economic Review 35, no. 3: 635-651. [pdf]

Angelucci, Manuela, and Rachel Heath. 2020. "Women Empowerment Programs and Intimate Partner Violence." AEA Papers and Proceedings. Vol. 110. [pdf]

Heath, Rachel, Melissa Hidrobo, and Shalini Roy. 2020. "Cash Transfers, Polygamy, and Intimate Partner Violence: Experimental Evidence from Mali." Journal of Development Economics 143 (2020): 102410. [pdf]

Heath, Rachel, and Xu Tan. 2019. "Intrahousehold Bargaining, Female Autonomy, and Labor Supply: Theory and Evidence from India", Journal of the European Economic Association. [pdf]

Heath, Rachel and Xu Tan. 2018. "Worth Fighting For: Daughters Improve their Mother's Autonomy in South Asia." Journal of Development Economics 135: 255-271. [pdf]

Heath, Rachel. 2018. "Why do Firms Hire Using Referrals? Evidence from Bangladeshi Garment Factories." Journal of Political Economy. 126(4): 1691-1746. [pdf]
A Vox Dev column I wrote highlighting the policy implications of these results

Heath, Rachel and Seema Jayachandran. 2018. "The Causes and Consequences of Increased Female Education and Labor Force Participation in Developing Countries" 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. [pdf]

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:
Who Has the Right to a Job? Labor Market Competition and Men's Support for Women's Work [pdf] with Zhe Liu and Alex Phillip (submitted)

Estimating Spillovers Using Imprecisely Measured Networks [arXiv] with Morgan Hardy, Wesley Lee, and Tyler McCormick (submitted)

Monitoring Harassment in Organizations (with Laura Boudreau, Sylvain Chassang, and Ada Gonzalez-Torres) [pdf] (submitted)

Digital Financial Services and Women's Empowerment: Experimental Evidence from Tanzania (with Emma Riley) [pdf]

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)

Selected Research in Progress:
The roles of information and search frictions in determining working conditions in Bangladesh’s apparel sector (with Md Shakil Ahmed and Laura Boudreau)

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

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)