Assistant Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Frank Schilbach is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on the intersection of behavioral and development economics. Frank's primary research examines previously neglected correlates of poverty, including substance abuse, physical pain, sleep deprivation, and depression. He seeks to understand the role of these factors in the lives of the poor by studying their impacts on cognitive function, decision-making, and worker productivity. Frank also studies the generation and diffusion of information about optimal agricultural inputs in sub-Saharan Africa.
Frank received his PhD in economics from Harvard University. He received a diploma in economics from Mannheim University and an MA in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Recent work by Frank Schilbach
Rickshaw drivers in India who randomly received sobriety incentives as part of an experiment significantly reduced their daytime drinking
Studies in the US point to significant productivity benefits from sleeping more, but does this apply to low-income workers in developing countries?