Professor Pallais is one of 126 early-career scholars chosen to receive a fellowship by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
From the website of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation: "The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation congratulates the winners of the 2017 Sloan Research Fellowships. These 126 early-career scholars represent the most promising scientific researchers working today. Their achievements and potential place them among the next generation of scientific leaders in the U.S. and Canada. Since 1955, Sloan Research Fellows have gone on to win 43 Nobel Prizes, 16 Fields Medals, 69 National Medals of Science, 16 John Bates Clark Medals, and numerous other distinguished awards."
Amanda Pallais is the Paul Sack Associate Professor of Political Economy and Social Studies at Harvard University. Her research focuses on the barriers preventing workers from achieving efficient employment outcomes and students from optimally investing in human capital. Her research has explored the extent to which the cost of developing a reputation acts as a barrier preventing workers from entering the labor market, how small changes in college application fees can dramatically affect the college application choices of low-SES students, and how motivating high school students with merit scholarships for college can substantially improve their high school performance. Currently, she is working on a field experiment in France analyzing the possible effects of discrimination on the job performance of women and minorities and a field experiment in Nebraska evaluating whether college scholarships can increase college matriculation and improve the job prospects of low-income students. Pallais received her B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Virginia in 2006 and her Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 2011.