Erica Field

Erica Field

Professor of Economics

External Address: 
319 Social Sciences, Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708-0097
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-1857

Professor Field’s major fields of interests are development economics, labor economics, economic demography, and health. Specifically, her research focuses on the areas of marriage and family, property rights, global health, and finance and entrepreneurship. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and IZA/DFID Growth and Labour Markets in Low Income Countries, among others. She has published work in various journals, including the American Economics Journal and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. Her research regularly takes her out of the U.S., and she is currently working on projects that explore adolescent empowerment and education in Bangladesh, female labor market participation in Pakistan, the effects of microfinance on women and households in South Asia and India, and the impacts of access to family planning resources on fertility and health in Zambia.


  • Ph.D., Princeton University 2003

Ambrus, A., E. Field, and M. Torero. “Muslim family law, prenuptial agreements, and the emergence of dowry in Bangladesh.” Quarterly Journal of Economics 125, no. 3 (August 1, 2010): 1349–97. Full Text

Field, E., S. Jayachandran, and R. Pande. “Do traditional institutions constrain female entrepreneurship? A field experiment on business training in India.” American Economic Review 100, no. 2 (May 1, 2010): 125–29. Full Text

Field, E., O. Robles, and M. Torero. “Iodine deficiency and schooling attainment in Tanzania.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 1, no. 4 (October 1, 2009): 140–69. Full Text

Field, E. “Educational debt burden and career choice: Evidence from a financial aid experiment at NYU law school.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 1, no. 1 (January 1, 2009): 1–21. Full Text

Field, E., and A. Ambrus. “Early marriage, age of menarche, and female schooling attainment in Bangladesh.” Journal of Political Economy 116, no. 5 (October 1, 2008): 881–91. Full Text

Field, E., M. Levinson, R. Pande, and S. Visaria. “Segregation, rent control, and riots: The economics of religious conflict in an Indian City.” American Economic Review 98, no. 2 (May 1, 2008): 505–10. Full Text

Field, E., and R. Pande. “Repayment frequency and default in microfinance: Evidence from India.” Journal of the European Economic Association 6, no. 2–3 (April 1, 2008): 501–9. Full Text

Field, E. “Entitled to work: Urban property rights and labor supply in Peru.” Quarterly Journal of Economics 122, no. 4 (November 1, 2007): 1561–1602. Full Text

Field, E. “Property rights and investment in urban slums.” Journal of the European Economic Association 3, no. 2–3 (April 1, 2005): 279–90.


Selected Grants

Women's Access to Public Transport: A Randomized Control Trial awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2018

Urban Labor Market Integration awarded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2017

Iodine Deficiency and Gender Attitudes in Tanzania awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016

Innovations for Poverty Action - Bangladesh awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016

Collaborative Research: Unintended Consequences of Behavior Change: An Examination of the Impacts on Child Health awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2015

Age at Marriage, Women's Education, and Mother and Child Outcomes in Bangladesh awarded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2014