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Professor Julian Jamison

Professor Julian Jamison

Professor of Economics

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+44 (0) 1392 722256


Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK

Julian received BS and MS degrees in pure mathematics from Caltech before going on to his PhD in game theory from MIT. In addition to having served as an assistant professor at Northwestern University (Kellogg School of Management), he has spent time as a fellow and/or visiting faculty member at UC Berkeley (Public Health); UC San Francisco (Medical School); University of Southern California (Psychology); Caltech (Social Science); HEC Paris (Finance); Yale (Economics); and Harvard (Kennedy School of Government). He spent nine years in the public sector, within the US government and the World Bank, before returning to academia to join the University of Exeter in 2018.

Julian’s research focuses on the interaction between individual preferences, decisions, and well-being on the one hand, and institutional policies on the other, including explicit welfare tradeoffs. He uses a wide range of methodological approaches, ranging from mathematical theory to lab & field experiments to formal rhetoric to surveys to large administrative data. Much of his work has taken place in more than a dozen developing countries (especially in sub-Saharan Africa), with a particular sectoral focus on health and financial behavior, but he is easily tempted in new directions.

Julian’s work has been published in academic journals spanning a wide range of disciplines, and it has been mentioned in media outlets such as The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, Forbes, Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, and The Economist. He has consulted for the US National Institute of Mental Health, NASA, the US Army, Bates White, Lockheed-Martin, and GiveWell. Julian learns a lot by traveling for work and leisure, having been to over 80 countries so far. He once received a special award in physics at the 1987 science fair in Washington, DC.

Nationality: USA and Canada

Qualifications

PhD in Economics, MIT

Research interests

  • Behavioral Public Policy
  • Development Economics
  • Experiment and Survey Methodology
  • Microeconomic Theory
  • Political Philosophy

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Blattman C, Jamison JC, Sheridan M (2017). Reducing Crime and Violence: Experimental Evidence from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Liberia. American Economic Review, 107(4), 1165-1206. Full text. DOI.
Blattman C, Green EP, Jamison J, Lehmann MC, Annan J (2016). The Returns to Microenterprise Support among the Ultrapoor: a Field Experiment in Postwar Uganda. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 8(2), 35-64. Full text. DOI.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Madrian BC, Hershfield HE, Sussman AB, Bhargava S, Burke J, Huettel SA, Jamison J, Johnson EJ, Lynch JG, Meier S, et al (2017). Behaviorally informed policies for household financial decisionmaking. Behavioral Science & Policy, 3(1), 26-40. Full text. DOI.
Bryan CJ, Mazar N, Jamison J, Braithwaite J, Dechausay N, Fishbane A, Fox E, Gauri V, Glennerster R, Haushofer J, et al (2017). Overcoming behavioral obstacles to escaping poverty. Behavioral Science & Policy, 3(1), 80-91. DOI.
Blattman C, Jamison JC, Sheridan M (2017). Reducing Crime and Violence: Experimental Evidence from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Liberia. American Economic Review, 107(4), 1165-1206. Full text. DOI.
Jamison J, Owens D, Woroch G (2017). Social Learning about Environmental Innovations: Experimental Analysis of Adoption Timing. Strategic Behavior and the Environment, 7, 135-178. Full text. DOI.
Green EP, Blattman C, Jamison J, Annan J (2016). Does poverty alleviation decrease depression symptoms in post-conflict settings? a cluster-randomized trial of microenterprise assistance in Northern Uganda. Global Mental Health, 3 DOI.
Blattman C, Jamison J, Koroknay-Palicz T, Rodrigues K, Sheridan M (2016). Measuring the measurement error: a method to qualitatively validate survey data. Journal of Development Economics, 120, 99-112. Full text. DOI.
Jamison JC (2016). Perceptions Regarding the Value of Life Before and After Birth. Reproductive System & Sexual Disorders, 05(04). Full text. DOI.
Blattman C, Green EP, Jamison J, Lehmann MC, Annan J (2016). The Returns to Microenterprise Support among the Ultrapoor: a Field Experiment in Postwar Uganda. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 8(2), 35-64. Full text. DOI.
Jamison J, Karlan D (2015). CANDY ELASTICITY: HALLOWEEN EXPERIMENTS ON PUBLIC POLITICAL STATEMENTS. Economic Inquiry, 54(1), 543-547. Full text. DOI.
Conell-Price L, Jamison J (2015). Predicting health behaviors with economic preferences & locus of control. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 54, 1-9. DOI.
Drouvelis M, Jamison JC (2015). Selecting public goods institutions: Who likes to punish and reward?. Southern Economic Journal, 82(2), 501-534. DOI.
Green EP, Blattman C, Jamison J, Annan J (2015). Women's entrepreneurship and intimate partner violence: a cluster randomized trial of microenterprise assistance and partner participation in post-conflict Uganda (SSM-D-14-01580R1). Social Science & Medicine, 133, 177-188. Full text. DOI.

Publications by year


2017

Madrian BC, Hershfield HE, Sussman AB, Bhargava S, Burke J, Huettel SA, Jamison J, Johnson EJ, Lynch JG, Meier S, et al (2017). Behaviorally informed policies for household financial decisionmaking. Behavioral Science & Policy, 3(1), 26-40. Full text. DOI.
Bryan CJ, Mazar N, Jamison J, Braithwaite J, Dechausay N, Fishbane A, Fox E, Gauri V, Glennerster R, Haushofer J, et al (2017). Overcoming behavioral obstacles to escaping poverty. Behavioral Science & Policy, 3(1), 80-91. DOI.
Blattman C, Jamison JC, Sheridan M (2017). Reducing Crime and Violence: Experimental Evidence from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Liberia. American Economic Review, 107(4), 1165-1206. Full text. DOI.
Jamison J, Owens D, Woroch G (2017). Social Learning about Environmental Innovations: Experimental Analysis of Adoption Timing. Strategic Behavior and the Environment, 7, 135-178. Full text. DOI.

2016

Green EP, Blattman C, Jamison J, Annan J (2016). Does poverty alleviation decrease depression symptoms in post-conflict settings? a cluster-randomized trial of microenterprise assistance in Northern Uganda. Global Mental Health, 3 DOI.
Blattman C, Jamison J, Koroknay-Palicz T, Rodrigues K, Sheridan M (2016). Measuring the measurement error: a method to qualitatively validate survey data. Journal of Development Economics, 120, 99-112. Full text. DOI.
Jamison JC (2016). Perceptions Regarding the Value of Life Before and After Birth. Reproductive System & Sexual Disorders, 05(04). Full text. DOI.
Blattman C, Green EP, Jamison J, Lehmann MC, Annan J (2016). The Returns to Microenterprise Support among the Ultrapoor: a Field Experiment in Postwar Uganda. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 8(2), 35-64. Full text. DOI.

2015

Jamison J, Karlan D (2015). CANDY ELASTICITY: HALLOWEEN EXPERIMENTS ON PUBLIC POLITICAL STATEMENTS. Economic Inquiry, 54(1), 543-547. Full text. DOI.
Conell-Price L, Jamison J (2015). Predicting health behaviors with economic preferences & locus of control. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 54, 1-9. DOI.
Drouvelis M, Jamison JC (2015). Selecting public goods institutions: Who likes to punish and reward?. Southern Economic Journal, 82(2), 501-534. DOI.
Green EP, Blattman C, Jamison J, Annan J (2015). Women's entrepreneurship and intimate partner violence: a cluster randomized trial of microenterprise assistance and partner participation in post-conflict Uganda (SSM-D-14-01580R1). Social Science & Medicine, 133, 177-188. Full text. DOI.

External positions

  • Research Affiliate, Innovations for Poverty Action
  • Mind, Behavior, and Development (eMBeD) Unit, The World Bank
  • Associate Editor, Behavioral Science & Policy