Amanda (Mandy) Pallais

J-PAL Affiliated Professor

Professor of Economics

Harvard University

Amanda Pallais is a professor of economics at Harvard University and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research focuses on the barriers preventing workers from achieving efficient employment outcomes and students from optimally investing in human capital. She has explored the extent to which reputation acts as a barrier preventing workers from entering the labor market, the role of referrals in the labor market, and how college scholarships and changes in college application fees can improve the college outcomes of low-income students. Amanda received her PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Amanda has served as a lecturer at J-PAL training events and has served on the review boards of J-PAL's State and Local Innovation Initiative and Worker Prosperity Initiative.