Jim Berry is an assistant professor of economics at the Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware. He conducts research in development economics, with a particular emphasis on microeconomic issues in health and education. In the health area, his work focuses on pricing policy of health products and its effects on consumer take-up, use and impacts. In education, he examines issues of education decisions, education production at home and impacts of education policy. He has undertaken a number of projects in India, covering issues such as remedial education, adult education and pricing of education services. He is currently working on several projects in the Dominican Republic evaluating the impacts of education campaigns designed to encourage schooling. He has also conducted research in Zambia, Ghana and, most recently, Malawi. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and dual B.S. degrees in economics and political science, also from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Ph.D. in economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009
- B.S. in economics and political science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000
- Eliciting and Utilizing Willingness to Pay: Evidence from Field Trials in Northern Ghana, with Greg Fischer and Raymond Guiteras. Accepted, Journal of Political Economy.
- “The Impact of Financial Education for Youth in Ghana,” with Dean Karlan and Menno Pradhan, World Development, February 2018, 102(2018):71-89.
- “From Proof of Concept to Scalable Policies: Challenges and Solutions, with an Application,” with Rukmini Banerji, Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Harini Kannan, Shobhini Mukherji, Marc Shotland, and Michael Walton, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Fall 2017, 31(4):73-102.
- “The Impact of Maternal Literacy and Participation Programs: Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation in India,” with Rukmini Banerji and Marc Shotland, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, October 2017, 9(4): 303-337.
- “Assessing the Rate of Replication in Economics,” with Lucas Coffman, Rania Gihleb, Douglas Hanley and Alistair Wilson, American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings, May 2017, 107(5):27-31.
- “Child Control in Education Decisions: An Evaluation of Targeted Incentives to Learn in India.” Journal of Human Resources, Fall 2015, 50(4): 1051-1080.
- “Taken with a Grain of Salt? Micronutrient Fortification in South Asia,” with Priya Mukherjee and Kartini Shastry, CESifo Economic Studies, June 2012, 58(2): 422-449.
- “Can Higher Prices Stimulate Product Use? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Zambia,” with Nava Ashraf and Jesse Shapiro, American Economic Review, December 2010, 100(5): 2283-2413.