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University of Exeter Business School

Professor Julian Jamison

Professor Julian Jamison

Professor of Economics


 +44 (0) 1392 722256

 Streatham Court 


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


Julian spent nine years in the public sector, within the US government - the Boston Fed followed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - and then the World Bank, before returning to academia to join the University of Exeter in 2018. In addition to having previously served as an assistant professor at Northwestern University (Kellogg School of Management), Julian 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).

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 has traveled to roughly 90 countries, and he once received a special award in physics at the 1987 science fair in Washington, DC.

Nationality: USA and Canada


PhD in Economics, MIT (1998)

BS and MS in Mathematics, Caltech (1994)


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Research interests

​Julian’s research focuses on the interaction between individual preferences, decisions, and well-being on the one hand, and institutional policies on the other, with a special interest in 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.


  • Behavioral Public Policy
  • Development Economics
  • Experiment and Survey Methodology
  • Microeconomic Theory
  • Health & Financial Decision-making
  • Welfare Economics
  • Political Philosophy


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Journal articles

Jamison J (In Press). Accounting for Timing when Assessing Health-Related Policies. Journal of Benefit Cost Analysis
Jamison J (In Press). Can personalized digital counseling improve consumer search for modern contraceptive methods?. Science Advances
Jamison J (In Press). Cognitive behavior therapy reduces crime and violence over 10 years: Experimental evidence. American economic review: insights
Jamison J (In Press). Community-based rangeland management in Namibia improves resource governance but not environmental and economic outcomes. Nature Communications Earth & Environment
Jamison JC, Bundy D, Jamison DT, Spitz J, Verguet S (In Press). Comparing the impact on COVID-19 mortality of self-imposed behavior change and of government regulations across 13 countries. Health Services Research Abstract.
Jamison J (In Press). Don’t Swipe the Small Stuff: a Randomized Evaluation of Rules of Thumb-Based Financial Education. Journal of Consumer Affairs
Jamison J (In Press). Five-year impacts of group-based financial education and savings promotion for Ugandan youth. The Review of Economics and Statistics
Jamison J (In Press). Motivating Bureaucrats through Social Recognition: External Validity – a Tale of Two States. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
Jamison J (In Press). Risk preferences in future military leaders. Journal of Behavioral Economics for Policy
Jamison J (In Press). Socio-Demographic Factors Associated with Self-Protecting Behavior during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Journal of Population Economics
Jamison J (In Press). The Relationship between Conflicts, Economic Shocks, and Death with Depression, Economic activities, and Human Capital Investment in Nigeria. Medicine, Conflict and Survival
Jamison J (In Press). The effects of text reminders on the utilization of family planning services: Evidence from a randomized controlled trial in urban Mozambique. BMJ Global Health
Jamison J (In Press). Valuable Cheap Talk and Equilibrium Selection. Games
Jamison J, Awad E (2022). Computational ethics. Trends in Cognitive Sciences
Burke J, Jamison J, Karlan D, Mihaly K, Zinman J (2022). Credit Building or Credit Crumbling? a Credit Builder Loan’s Effects on Consumer Behavior and Market Efficiency in the United States. The Review of Financial Studies, 36(4), 1585-1620. Abstract.
Jamison J (2021). Applying behavioral insights to tax compliance:. Experimental evidence from Latvia. Journal of Tax Administration, 6(2), 6-32.
Jamison JC, Bundy D, Jamison DT, Spitz J, Verguet S (2021). Comparing the impact on<scp>COVID</scp>‐19 mortality of self‐imposed behavior change and of government regulations across 13 countries. Health Services Research, 56(5), 874-884. Abstract.
Belot M, Choi S, Tripodi E, Broek-Altenburg EVD, Jamison JC, Papageorge NW (2021). Unequal consequences of Covid 19: representative evidence from six countries. Review of Economics of the Household, 19(3), 769-783. Abstract.
Theodos B, Stacy CP, Hanson D, Jamison J, Daniels R (2020). Do not swipe the small stuff: a randomized evaluation of rules of thumb-based financial education. Journal of Consumer Affairs, 54(2), 701-722. Abstract.
Carpenter JP, Huet-Vaughn E, Matthews PH, Robbett A, Beckett D, Jamison JC (2019). Choice Architecture to Improve Financial Decision Making. The Review of Economics and Statistics, 103(1), 102-118.
Jamison JC (2019). The Entry of Randomized Assignment into the Social Sciences. Journal of Causal Inference, 7
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.
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.
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. Abstract.
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.
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 Abstract.
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.
Jamison JC (2016). Perceptions Regarding the Value of Life Before and After Birth. Reproductive System & Sexual Disorders, 05(04).
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. Abstract.
Jamison J, Karlan D (2015). CANDY ELASTICITY: HALLOWEEN EXPERIMENTS ON PUBLIC POLITICAL STATEMENTS. Economic Inquiry, 54(1), 543-547. Abstract.
Conell-Price L, Jamison J (2015). Predicting health behaviors with economic preferences &amp; locus of control. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 54, 1-9.
Drouvelis M, Jamison JC (2015). Selecting public goods institutions: Who likes to punish and reward?. Southern Economic Journal, 82(2), 501-534. Abstract.
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.

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External Engagement and Impact

External positions

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

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