Erica Marie Field

Erica Marie 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

Barnhardt, S, Field, E, and Pande, R. "Moving to opportunity or isolation? Network effects of a randomized housing lottery in urban India." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 9, no. 1 (January 1, 2017): 1-32. Full Text

Field, E, Molitor, V, Schoonbroodt, A, and Tertilt, M. "Gender Gaps in Completed Fertility." Journal of Demographic Economics 82, no. 02 (June 2016): 167-206. Full Text

Field, E, Jayachandran, S, Pande, R, and Rigol, N. "Friendship at work: Can peer effects catalyze female entrepreneurship?." American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 8, no. 2 (May 1, 2016): 125-153. Full Text

Chong, A, Cohen, I, Field, E, Nakasone, E, and Torero, M. "Iron deficiency and schooling attainment in Peru." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 8, no. 4 (January 1, 2016): 222-255. Full Text

Ashraf, N, Field, E, and Lee, J. "Household bargaining and excess fertility: An experimental study in zambia." American Economic Review 104, no. 7 (January 1, 2014): 2210-2237. Full Text

Feigenberg, B, Field, E, Pande, R, Rigol, N, and Sarkar, S. "Do group dynamics influence social capital gains among microfinance clients? Evidence from a randomized experiment in urban India." Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 33, no. 4 (2014): 932-949. Full Text

Field, E, Pande, R, Papp, J, and Rigol, N. "Does the classic microfinance model discourage entrepreneurship among the poor? Experimental evidence from India." American Economic Review 103, no. 6 (October 1, 2013): 2196-2226. Full Text

Field, E, Pande, R, Papp, J, and Park, YJ. "Repayment flexibility can reduce financial stress: a randomized control trial with microfinance clients in India." Plos One 7, no. 9 (January 2012): e45679-null. Full Text

Thornton, RL, Hatt, LE, Field, EM, Islam, M, Diaz, FS, and González, MA. "Social security health insurance for the informal sector in Nicaragua: a randomized evaluation." Health Economics 19 Suppl (September 2010): 181-206. Full Text

Ambrus, A, Field, E, and Torero, M. "Muslim family law, prenuptial agreements, and the emergence of dowry in Bangladesh." Quarterly Journal of Economics 125, no. 3 (August 1, 2010): 1349-1397. Full Text


Ashraf, N, Field, E, Rusconi, G, Voena, A, and Ziparo, R. "Traditional Beliefs and Learning about Maternal Risk in Zambia." May 2017.

Selected Grants

Effects of age at marriage and education on health of mothers and children awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2023

A Labor Markets Research Agenda through a Job Search Platform awarded by Growth and Labour Markets in Low Income Countries Programme (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2020

Marriage Registrars awarded by Oxford Policy Management (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2020

Collaborative Research: Institutional Capacity As An Organizational Challenge: A Field Experiment in Pakistan awarded by National Science Foundation (Co Investigator). 2017 to 2020

Transport and Urban Labor Market Integration: Evidence on Firms From a Randomized Control Trial awarded by Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2020

Training Local Leaders to Prevent and Reduce Gender-Based Violence in their Communities awarded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2019

Research Proposal: Woman's Mobility, Transport, and Empowerment: A Randomized Control Trial awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2019

The Impact of Microfinance on Health: Experimental Evidence from India awarded by Harvard University (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2018

Age at marriage Women's education and Mother Child Outcomes awarded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2018

Women's Access to Public Transport: A Randomized Control Trial awarded by Growth and Labour Markets in Low Income Countries Programme (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2018