Joan Hamory


I am a development economist. My research utilizes experimental and quasi-experimental methods to address questions with public policy relevance in low-income countries, with a focus on topics pertaining to gender, health, skills acquisition, and transitions to adulthood among youth. I am currently working with one large, interdisciplinary research team to study the impact of interventions related to child health, youth skills, and entrepreneurship in Kenya, and another large, interdisciplinary research team to study interventions and questions related to adolescence and gender in Ethiopia.

My research has been published in outlets such as The Quarterly Journal of Economics, The American Journal of Political Science, Journal of the European Economic Association, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. I have coauthored columns in VoxDev, Vox, and the London School of Economics and Political Science's American Politics and Policy Blog (USAPP). My work has been cited on NPR, as well as in The Economist, The Atlantic, Vox, The Boston Globe,  The World Bank's Development Impact Blog, and A Blog Called Wonk. I received my Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2009.


University of Oklahoma
Department of Economics
308 Cate Center Drive
Norman, OK 73072