Emily Conover

Emily Conover
Emily Conover

Associate Professor of Economics

On leave 2018-19
Kirner-Johnson 211

Emily Conover’s current research interests include health policy, corruption and formal and informal labor markets, among other topics in applied microeconomics. She grew up in Colombia and came to the United States for her undergraduate studies at Wellesley College. She then studied economics at the University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne and went on to earn her doctorate in economics from U.C. Berkeley.

Recent Courses Taught

Issues in Microeconomics
Economic Statistics
Development Economics
Economics Research Seminar
Topics in Development Economics


  • Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship, UC Berkeley Graduate Division, 2007
  • NICDH Fellowship, UC Berkeley Department of Demography, 2006
  • Graduate Division Summer Grant, UC Berkeley Graduate Division, 2006
  • Academic Progress Award, UC Berkeley Graduate Division, 2006
  • Peggy Howard Grant for Further Studies in Economics, Wellesley College, 2003

Selected Publications

  • “Effects of Colombia's Social Protection System on Workers' Choice between Formal and Informal Employment” with Adriana Camacho and Alejandro Hoyos, The World Bank Economic Review, 2014, 28(3), 446-466.
  • “Consequences of Easier Access to Alcohol: New Zealand Evidence” with Dean Scrimgeour, Journal of Health Economics, 2013, 32(2), 570-585.
  • “Effects of Subsidized Health Insurance on Newborn Health in a Developing Country” with Adriana Camacho, Economic Development and Cultural Change, 2013, 61(3), 633-658.
  • “The Influence of Social Networks on Pro-Environment Behaviors” with Julio Videras, Ann Owen, and Stephen Wu, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 2012, 63(1), 35-50.
  • “Heat Waves Droughts and Preferences for Environmental Policy” with Ann Owen, Julio Videras and Stephen Wu, 2012, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2012, 31(3), 556-577.
  • “Manipulation of Social Program Eligibility” with Adriana Camacho, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2011, 3(2): 41–65.

College Service

Latin American Studies Committee program director
Institutional Review Board
Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center Council
Hamilton College Planning Committee
Hamilton-Colgate Economics Department Seminar Organizer

Professional Affiliations

Referee service for American Economic Review, Desarrollo y Sociedad, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Human Resources and Journal of Public Economics

Professional Experience

  • Assistant professor, Hamilton College, 2008-present
  • Teaching and research assistant, University of California, Berkeley, 2003-08
  • Research assistant for the World Economic Outlook Division of the Research Department, International Monetary Fund, 2001-03

Appointed to the Faculty: 2008

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
M.Ec., Université de Parie I Panthéon-Sorbonne
B.A., Wellesley College

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