J Michelle Brock

Biography

J. Michelle Brock is a Principal Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Michelle's current research focuses on how social preferences influence economic decision making. She is now developing an impact assessment study that will look at the effectiveness of capacity training for improving quality among judges in Tajikistan, and whether triggering self-signalling can incentivize professionalism among judges. Michelle also researches economic inclusion in the transition region, and is developing projects to study gender and finance and youth unemployment. Her work contributes to understanding the influence of non-monetary incentives and social preferences on behaviour in the real world and aims to establish links between the laboratory environment and the field. She completed her PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland in 2011.

Education

2011 - Ph.D. Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland
2008 - M.Sc. Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland
2002 - B.Sc. Environmental Economics and Policy, University of California, Berkeley

Research interests

  • Behavioural & Experimental Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Economic inclusion
  • Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics
  • Applied Microeconomics

Working papers

J.M. Brock (2014). “Self-worth versus net worth: image motivation and the quantity-quality trade-off.” EBRD working paper No. 182.
 
J.M. Brock (2014). “Inequality of opportunity and beliefs about relative income, success and failure.”
 
J.M. Brock, A. Lange and K.L. Leonard (2014). "Giving and Promising Gifts: Experimental Evidence on Reciprocity from the Field." EBRD working paper No. 165.
 

Publications in journals

J.M. Brock, A. Lange, E.Y. Ozbay (forthcoming). "Dictating the Risk - Experimental Evidence on Giving in Risky Environments: Reply", Forthcoming in The American Economic Review.

J.M. Brock, A. Lange and E.Y. Ozbay (2013). "Dictating the Risks: Experimental Evidence on Giving in Risky Environments", American Economic Review, vol. 103(1), pages 415-37.

J.M. Brock, A. Lange and K.L. Leonard (2015). "Generosity Norms and Intrinsic Motivation in Health Care Provision: Evidence from the Laboratory and Field." EBRD working paper No. 147, Forthcoming at the Journal of Human Resources.
 
J.M. Brock, A. Lange and K.L. Leonard (2015). "Esteem and Social Information: On Determinants of Prosocial Behavior of Clinicians in Tanzania", Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, vol. 118, pages 85-94.
 

Publications in books

J.M. Brock, R. Greenberg, B. Rambousek and C. Wolff (2013). "Economic Inclusion in Transition," EBRD Transition Report, Chapter 5, pp. 81-98.
 
J.M. Brock, K.L. Leonard, M.C. Masatu and P. Serneels (2013). "Health Worker Performance". In: Soucat. Agnes, Richard M. Scheffler, with Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Eds.) The Health Labor Market in Africa: A New Look at the Crisis. Washington DC: World Bank. View
 
K.L. Leonard, P. Serneels and J. M. Brock (2013). "Intrinsic Motivation". In: Soucat, Agnes, Richard M. Scheffler, with Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Eds.) The Health Labor Market in Africa: A New Look at the Crisis. Washington DC: World Bank. View