Generally, I fall under the term ‘labor economist’, which kind of means I can study anything I want. More specifically, I do my research as an applied microeconometrician or empirical microeconomist. This means I tend to study individuals or families (micro) and their decision-making, not governments or countries (macro). It also means that I use fancy statistical packages (econometrics) to sift through a lot of data (applied, as opposed to theory). I love data.
My projects include work that addresses gender, families, children, violence, and relationships, but I also have some work that deals with water and behavior, and historical finance. I am particularly interested in how we perceive situations and how that affects our decision-making. This may mean asking questions like ‘do women who are happier in their relationships spend more time reading to their children?’ or ‘do people who know their water source has been protected change their in-house water treatment behavior?’ It might also be as simple as, ‘are women more sensitive to price than men when purchasing investment assets?’
Recently, I began a number of projects that examine social norms as a level for behavioral change. This work, with Laurie Ball Cooper and Betsy Levy Paluck, falls more appropriately under behavioral economics or social psychology, and represents an innovative path for researchers, particularly in international development and topics such as reducing violence and discrimination, and gender.
In economics terms, you can put various papers of mine under headings such as Economic History, Labor Economics, Demography, Economics of Families, Development Economics, and Environmental Economics. I think the above does a bit better at explaining what I actually do. Below, you can find a list of some recent projects. Links to papers are below, forthcoming, or available by email, and a complete list is available on my CV:
- Ball Cooper L., & Fletcher, E.Reducing societal discrimination against adolescent girls: Using social norms as a tool for behavioral change. (Ball Cooper and Fletcher_Discrimination and Social Norms) Consultancy report for DFID. December 2012.
- Ball, L., Paluck, E.L., & Fletcher, E. (2013). Reducing gender based violence. Handbook on Gender and Psychology. Ryan, M., & Branscombe, N., (Eds.). Sage.
- A. Carlos, E. Fletcher, L. Neal, & K. Wandschneider. “Re-financing the South Sea Company” in Modern Macro Policymaking: Credible Commitment. (2013). Cambridge Press.
- Carlos, A., Fletcher, E., and Neal, L. “Share Portfolios and Risk Management in the Early Years of Financial Capitalism: London 1690-1730 ” R&R Economic History Review. July 2013.
- Subjective Match Quality and Maternal Investments in Children. R&R Review of Economics of the Household. Accepted Review of Economics of the Household.
- Expectations of Support: Health Investments and Promises of Financial Assistance for Children. Under Review. September 2013.
- Fletcher, E., D. Murphy, and A. Carlos. The Price of a Vote: Diversification and Modern Portfolio Theory in Early 18th Century English Stock Markets. Working Paper, October 2012.
- Evaluating Conventional Notions of Domestic Violence. Working paper, November 2011.
- Carlos, A., & E. Fletcher. Markets and Minorities: Women in the Early Age of Financial Capitalism. With Ann Carlos. Work in Progress. September 2012.