On Leave 2013-14
Amanda Pallais is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Social Studies. She received her B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Virginia in 2006 and her Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 2011. A labor economist, she researches the barriers preventing workers from achieving efficient employment outcomes and students from optimally acquiring human capital. These barriers include the cost of developing a labor market reputation, the effects of workplace discrimination, and the insufficiency of information about the college admissions process that constricts student opportunities. Her most recent research finds that giving the labor market an assessment of workers’ abilities benefits the workers and allows the market to operate more efficiently. A current project will look at the effect of discrimination on the job performance of minority and female employees in a large French firm.