Erica Field is a Professor of Economics at Duke University specializing in the fields of Development Economics, Health Economics and Economic Demography. She is the Director of the Duke Development Economics Lab (DevLab@Duke), a Faculty Affiliate at the of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT (J-PAL), 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 (BREAD), a Research Affiliate of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), a Research Affiliate of the International Growth Centre (IGC), and a Research Fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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 financial inclusion and women’s empowerment in India, marriage markets in Bangladesh, micronutrient deficiencies in Tanzania, health insurance for the poor in Nicaragua, household bargaining over fertility in Zambia, public housing for the poor in India, maternal mortality and demand for children in Zambia, 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 the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT, she has spent much of her career pioneering the use of field experiments to evaluate development policy and understand individual behavior. She is currently engaged in large-scale randomized program evaluations of strategies to empower adolescent girls in Bangladesh, an expansion of rural microfinance in India, and the implementation of national domestic violence programming in Peru.
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. She was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship for 2009-2010. 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, Professor Field was awarded the Elaine Bennet Prize for Research by the American Economic Association, which honors a woman economist under the age of forty who has made outstanding contributions in any field of economic research. In 2022, she won the Duke Global Service Award, which recognizes significant contributions to the university and global community through research, teaching, scholarship, and service.