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Jennifer Peck

Assistant Professor

Economics, Environmental Studies


  2. Phone: (610) 957-6182
  3. Kohlberg 210
  4. Office Hours: Via Zoom-Email for appointment

CV [pdf]

Research Papers

"Missing Women, Integration Costs, and Big Push Policies in the Saudi Labor Market", with Conrad Miller and Mehmet Seflek.  American Economic Journal: Applied Economics  (Forthcoming).  Earlier NBER Working Paper version here.


"Simulating COVID-19 in a University Environment", with Philip Gressman. Mathematical Biosciences 2020, 328. [arXiv, github]
Press: Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education, ForbesMarketwatch [1] [2], Washington Post, NPR, El Universal, VOA, National Geographic


"Do Foreign Gifts Buy Corporate Political Action? Evidence from the Saudi Crude Discount Program" The Energy Journal  2021, 42(3).

Press: Wall Street Journal: Real Time Economics, Platts

"Can Hiring Quotas Work? The Effect of the Nitaqat Program on the Saudi Private Sector" American Economic Journal: Economic Policy  2017, 9(2): 316–347 [appendix]
AEA Chart of the Week

Press: Christian Science Monitor, Saudi Gazette/Al Arabiya

"Organizational, Economic or Cultural? Firm-Side Barriers to Employing Women in Saudi Arabia", with Saleh Alodayni, Claudia Eger, and Thiemo Fetzer

Work in Progress

"Mentorship, Entrepreneurship, and Labor Market Opportunity in Saudi Arabia'' (Pilot), with Alessandra Gonzalez and Inmaculada Macias-Alonso

Other Publications

"What Enables Firms to Hire Women? Overcoming Integration Costs in Saudi Arabia'', Commentary, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, 2019. [English] [Arabic] [Public Lecture]


"Career Support and Mentoring for High-School Girls: Creating Networks of Opportunity, Mentorship, Entrepreneurship, and Labor Market Opportunity in Saudi Arabia'', with Alessandra Gonzalez and Inmaculada Macias-Alonso.  Policy Insight, Harvard Kennedy School, Evidence for Policy Design, 2019.


"If Women Receive More Childcare Support, Will They Work?'', with Patricia Cortes and Claudia Goldin.  Policy Insight, Harvard Kennedy School, Evidence for Policy Design, 2018.
Press: New York Times


"Why are Firms So Resistant to Hiring Women?'', with Saleh Alodayni, Claudia Eger, and Thiemo Fetzer.  Policy Insight, Harvard Kennedy School, Evidence for Policy Design, 2018.


"Increasing Female Employment by Investing in Up-Front Costs: The Critical Lesson in Nitaqat’s Success'' (prepared by Alex Domash), with Conrad Miller and Mehmet Seflek.  Policy Insight, Harvard Kennedy School, Evidence for Policy Design, 2017.


ECON 001: Introduction to Economics
ENVS 001: Introduction to Environmental Studies

ENVS 003 / ECON 003A: Environmental Policy and Economics

ECON 076: Environmental Economics

ECON 176: Environmental Economics Honors Seminar

ENVS 092A Directed Reading: UNFCCC COP
ENVS 096: Senior Thesis in Environmental Studies