Julie Schaffner

Julie Schaffner

Mugar 252A
160 Packard Avenue, Medford, MA 02155


  • A.B., University of Michigan
  • Ph.D., Economics, Yale University


Julie Schaffner is a visiting associate professor of development economics at The Fletcher School of Tufts University and the author of "Development Economics: Theory, Empirical Research, and Policy Analysis" (Wiley, 2014). Her research relates to labor markets and poverty dynamics in developing countries, and to program evaluation. Her teaching emphasizes the skills required for rigorous, evidence-based work in poverty reduction and development. In 2008 and 2016, she received The Fletcher School’s James L. Paddock Teaching Award. Before coming to Fletcher, she served as assistant professor in the department of economics, and deputy director of the Center for Research on Economic Development and Policy Reform, at Stanford University. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University.

Areas of expertise

Economic Development
Political Development

Professional Activities

  • Association of Christian Economists

Other Affiliations

  • Henry J. Leir Institute


  • 2008 James L. Paddock Teaching Award
  • 2016 James L. Paddock Teaching Award

Courses taught

Selected Publications and Presentations


Julie Schaffner, “Development Economics in 2015,” Faith and Economics 64 (2014):1-36.

Julie Schaffner, "Politics, Institutions and Development Economics," Faith and Economics 60 (2012): 52-60.

Scharioth, K., 2012. Eine grundlegende Selbsterneuerung. Haben die USA die Kraft dazu?. IP-Länderportrait (Zeitschrift für Internationale Politik), 02/2012, pp.16-17.

Julie A. Schaffner, Review of Peter F. Orazem, Guilherme Sedlacek, and Zafiris Tzannatos, Child Labor and Education in Latin America: An Economic Perspective, Economic Development and Cultural Change 59, no. 2 (2011): 481-483.

Julie A. Schaffner, Review of Ann Harrison (ed.), Globalization and Poverty, Economic Development and Cultural Change 58, no. 3 (2010): 596-599.

Julie A. Schaffner, Review of William Easterly, White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good, Faith and Economics 49 (2007): 45-49.

Julie A. Schaffner, Review of James Heckman and Carmen Pages (eds)., Law and Employment: Lessons from Latin America and the Caribbean, Economic Development and Cultural Change 55, no. 1 (2006): 242-245.

Judith M. Dean, Julie Schaffner, and Stephen L.S. Smith, "Global Poverty: Academics and Practitioners Respond," The Review of Faith and International Affairs 4, no. 1 (2006): 13-20.

Julie A. Schaffner, "Subjective and objective measures of literacy: Implications for current results-oriented development initiatives." International Journal of Educational Development 25, no. 6 (2005): 652-657.

Julie Schaffner, "The Determinants of Schooling Investments Among Primary School Aged Children in Ethiopia." Africa Region Human Development Working Paper No. 85, World Bank, 2004.

Julie Schaffner, “Heteroskedastic Sample Selection and Developing Country Wage Equations,” Review of Economics and Statistics 84, no. 2 (2002): 269-280.

Julie A. Schaffner, "Job Stability in Developing and Developed Countries: Evidence from Colombia and the United States," Economic Development and Cultural Change 49, no.3 (2001): 511-536.

Julie Schaffner, "Generating Conditional Expectations from Models with Selectivity Bias: Comment," Economics Letters 58 (1998): 255-261.

Julie Schaffner, "Premiums to Employment in Larger Establishments: Evidence from Peru," Journal of Development Economics 55 (1998): 81-113.

Julie Schaffner, "Attached Farm Labor, Limited Horizons, and Servility," Journal of Development Economics 47 (1995): 241-270.

Julie A. Schaffner, Review of Osvaldo Sunkel (ed.), Development from Within: Toward a Neostructuralist Approach for Latin America, Journal of Economic Literature 32, no. 3 (1994): 54-55.

Julie Schaffner, "Rising Incomes and the Shift from Self-Employment to Firm-Based Production," Economics Letters 41 (1993): 435-440.

Julie Schaffner, "Rural Labor Legislation and Permanent Agricultural Employment in Northeastern Brazil," World Development 21, no. 5 (1993): 705-719.

Julie Anderson, "Rural Credit and the Mix Between Permanent and Temporary Wage Labor Contracts in Pernambuco, Brazil," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 72, no. 5 (1990): 1139-1145.

Julie Anderson, Review of Ajit K. Dasgupta, Growth, Development and Welfare, Journal of Economic History 50, no. 2 (1990): 515-517.


Julie Schaffner, Development Economics: Theory, Empirical Research, and Policy Analysis, John Wiley and Sons, 2014.

Judith M. Dean, Julie Schaffner, Stephen L.S. Smith. Attacking poverty in the developing world: Christian practitioners and academics in collaboration. 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.