Jeffrey Flory, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Economics


Robert Day School of Economics and Finance

Areas of Expertise

Development Economics
Experimental Economics
Bauer Center


Jeffrey Flory recently returned from 1 year as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Chicago Economics Department. Professor Flory uses field experiments to examine questions in development economics, the economics of diversity, and competition incentives. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the World Bank, DFID, and the Low Institute of Political Economy, and is currently designing a large field experiment for the World Bank in rural electrification. Professor Flory speaks Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese, and has conducted extensive field-work in Malawi. He joined the Robert Day School in 2013 from the University of Chicago.


Jeffrey Flory received his B.A. from Reed College, his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, and he did his post-doctoral work at the University of Chicago.

Research and Publications

“Do Competitive Work Places Deter Female Workers? A Large-Scale Natural Field Experiment on Gender Differences in Job-Entry Decisions." The Review of Economic Studies 82.1 (2015): 122-155, (with Andreas Leibbrandt and John List).  [LINK]

"Formal Finance and Informal Safety Nets of the Poor: Evidence from a Savings Field Experiment." 135 (2018): 517-533. Journal of Development Economics,

"Gender, Age, and Competition: the Disappearing Gap." Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization,  150 (2018): 256-276 (with Uri Gneezy, Kenneth Leonard, and John List).

“Increasing Workplace Diversity: Evidence from a Recruiting Experiment at a Fortune 500 Company." Journal of Human Resources, (2019): 0518-9489R1 (with Andreas Leibbrandt, Christina Rott, and Olga Stoddard).

“Bridging the Savings Gap: A Field Experiment in Malawi." Economic Development and Cultural Change, Forthcoming.

“The Effects of Wage Contracts on Workplace Misbehaviors: Evidence from a Call Center Natural Field Experiment." Experimental Economics (R&R). (with Andreas Leibbrandt and John List). NBER Working Paper w22342 [LINK]

“Pushing Good Women Leaders Away? Competition and the Leadership Gender Gap," Forthcoming. Women's Leadership Journeys Revealed. Eds. Tiffany Nolasco and Sherylle Tan.

“Competition, Biology, and Social Structure: Evidence from Patrilocal and Matrilocal Society." Under Review. (with Kenneth Leonard, Magda Tsaneva, and Kathryn Vasilaky).

"Overcoming Self-Selection Barriers: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Workplace Diversity."  (with Andreas Leibbrandt, Christina Rott, and Olga Stoddard). Working Paper.