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Erica Field
Duke University
Erica Field is Professor of Economics and Global Health at Duke University specialising in the fields of development economics, health economics, and economic demography. She is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a research affiliate of the Bureau for Research in Economic Analysis of Development, and a member of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

Professor Field’s work examines the microeconomics of household poverty and health in developing countries, with an emphasis on the study of gender and development. She has written papers on several topics in development in many different parts of the world, including microfinance contract design and social networks in India, marriage markets in Bangladesh, micro-nutrient deficiencies in Tanzania, health insurance for the poor in Nicaragua, household bargaining over fertility in Zambia, public housing for the poor in India, and property rights to land in Peru. Her work has been published in several leading peer-reviewed journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy and the American Economic Journal. As a member of J-PAL at MIT, she has spent much of her career pioneering the use of field experiments to evaluate development policy and understand individual behaviour. She is currently engaged in large-scale randomised programme evaluations of strategies to empower adolescent girls in Bangladesh, an expansion of rural microfinance in India, and the allocation of urban property rights to land in Mongolia.

Professor Field received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2003. Prior to joining the Economics Department at Duke, she was a John L. Loeb Associate Professor of Economics at Harvard University. From 2009-2010, Field was an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow. She has been a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, a visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, a Robert Wood Johnson Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Health Policy, and a Fulbright Fellow in Peru. She received her B.A. in Economics and Latin American Studies from Vassar College.

In 2010, Field was awarded the Elaine Bennet Prize for Research by the American Economic Association, which honours a woman economist under the age of forty who has made outstanding contributions in any field of economic research.

Articles By Erica Field
Give women credit
Posted On: 23 Nov 2017

Topics:   Finance , Gender

Since its inception in the 1970s microfinance has emerged as an important tool to support livelihoods among those who lack access to traditional banking services, though the method has its critics. Erica Field and Rohini Pande carried out a series of experiments in India that have given insights into ways microfinance can be refined to strengthen its beneficial impact for the world’s poorest women.
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