Her work on inequality of opportunity includes macroeconomic assessments of inequality of opportunity and perceptions in the transition region, as well as microeconomic projects on gender and finance. For example, she is working on a project to study whether and how norms of gender bias against women impact lending to female firm owners in highly competitive credit markets.
Michelle also studies how professional and social norms influence worker effort, and how non-monetary incentives can be used to complement wages. One example is a study on whether image concerns can be used to incentivize professionalism among judges in Tajikistan.
Michelle’s work contributes to the understanding of how behavioral economics operates in the real world and aims to establish links between the laboratory environment and the field. She uses experimental economics, randomized controlled trials and household surveys for her research. She completed her PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland in 2011.
2008 - M.Sc. Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland
2002 - B.Sc. Environmental Economics and Policy, University of California, Berkeley
- Behavioural & Experimental Economics
- Development Economics
- Economic inclusion
- Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics
- Applied Microeconomics
J.M. Brock. 2016. “Inequality of opportunity and beliefs about success and failure.” EBRD working paper No. 187.
Publications in journals
J.M. Brock, A. Lange and E.Y. Ozbay (2016). "Dictating the Risks: Experimental Evidence on Giving in Risky Environments", American Economic Review, vol. 103(1), pages 415-37.
Publications in books