Julie Anderson Schaffner

Visiting Associate Professor of International Economics

  • AB, University of Michigan
  • PhD, Economics, Yale University


Julie Schaffner is Visiting Associate Professor of Development Economics. Her teaching emphasizes the skills required for analytical, evidence-based work in poverty reduction and development. She has just completed a textbook entitled, Development Economics: Theory, Empirical Research and Policy Analysis (John Wiley and Sons, 2014). Her research interests include econometric study of labor markets and poverty dynamics in developing countries, and program evaluation. In 2008, she received the James L. Paddock teaching award. Before coming to Fletcher, she was Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Stanford University, where she also served as Deputy Director of the Center for Research on Economic Development and Policy Reform. She received her PhD in economics from Yale University.

Professional Activities
  • Consultant to the World Bank and UNESCO
  • Advisor, Council on Faith and International Affairs
  • Senior Research Scholar and Deputy Director, Stanford University Center for Research on Economic Development and Policy Reform (1997-98)
  • Assistant Professor and Lecturer, Stanford University, Department of Economics (1986-99)
  • Lecturer, Boston University, Department of Economics (1989-92)

  • Institute for Human Security

• "Politics, Institutions and Development Economics," Faith and Economics 60, p. 52-60, 2012.
On Ann Harrison (ed.), Globalization and Poverty, for Economic Development and Cultural Change (forthcoming 2010).
On James Heckman and Carmen Pages (eds)., Law and Employment: Lessons from Latin America and the Caribbean, for Economic Development and Cultural Change, 2006.
• "Global Poverty: Academics and Practitioners Respond," The Review of Faith and International Affairs 4(1), p.13-20 (with J. M. Dean and S. L.S. Smith), 2006.
Schaffner, Julie A. "Subjective and objective measures of literacy: Implications for current results-oriented development initiatives." International Journal of Educational Development 25, no. 6 (2005): 652-657.
• "The Determinants of Schooling Investments Among Primary School Aged Children in Ethiopia." Africa Region Human Development Working Paper No. 85, World Bank, 2004.
• "Job Stability in Developing and Developed Countries: Evidence from Colombia and the United States," Economic Development and Cultural Change 49(3), pp.511-536, 2001.
• "Generating Conditional Expectations from Models with Selectivity Bias: Comment," Economics Letters 58, pp.255-261, 1998.
• "Premiums to Employment in Larger Establishments: Evidence from Peru," Journal of Development Economics 55, pp.81-113,1998.
• "Attached Farm Labor, Limited Horizons, and Servility," Journal of Development Economics 47, pp.241-270, 1995.
• On Osvaldo Sunkel's (ed.), Development from Within: Toward a Neostructuralist Approach for Latin America, for the Journal of Economic Literature, pp.54-55, 1994.
• "Rising Incomes and the Shift from Self-Employment to Firm-Based Production," Economics Letters 41, pp.435-440, 1993.
• "Rural Labor Legislation and Permanent Agricultural Employment in Northeastern Brazil," World Development 21(5), pp.705-719, 1993.
• "Does Regulation Improve Small Farmers' Access to Brazilian Subsidized Rural Credit?" Journal of Development Economics 33, pp.67-87, 1989.
• On Ajit K. Dasgupta's Growth, Development and Welfare, for the Journal of Economic History, pp.515-517, 1990.
• "Rural Credit and the Mix Between Permanent and Temporary Wage Labor Contracts in Pernambuco, Brazil," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 72(5), pp.1139-1145, 1990.

Schaffner, Julie A, Judith M. Dean and Stephen L.S. Smith. Attacking Poverty in the Developing World: Christian Practitioners and Academics in Collaboration. 2005.
Development Economics: Theory, Empirical Research, and Policy Analysis, John Wiley and Sons, 2014.

• "Christian Collaboration in the Attack on Poverty", Chapter 1 of J. Dean, J. Schaffner and S. Smith (eds.), Attacking Poverty in the Developing World, World Vision and Authentic Media (with Judith M. Dean and Stephen L.S. Smith), 2005.
• "Impact Assessment for Christian Development Organizations", Chapter 14 in J. Dean, J. Schaffner and S. Smith (eds.), Poverty Reduction in the Developing World, World Vision and Authentic Media, 2005.
• "The Employment Module and Labor Market Analysis," in Margaret Grosh and Paul Glewwe (eds.), Designing Household Survey Questionnaires for Developing Countries: Lessons from Ten Years of LSMS Experience, World Bank, 2000.

  • 2008 James L. Paddock Teaching Award

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