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Jennifer Peck

Assistant Professor

Economics, Environmental Studies


  2. Phone: (610) 957-6182
  3. Kohlberg 210

CV [pdf]

Research Papers

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

"Integration Costs and Missing Women in Firms", with Conrad Miller and Mehmet Seflek. (Conditionally Accepted: American Economic Journal: Applied Economics)


Work in Progress

"Exploring Fixed Costs in Female Hiring: The Role of Adjustment Costs and Cultural Barriers in Women’s Employment" (Pilot), with Saleh Alodayni, Claudia Eger, and Thiemo Fetzer


"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


New York Times: A Conundrum for Saudis: Women at Work


Christian Science Monitor - Monitor Global Outlook: More Saudization will hurt private-sector profits


Saudi Gazette / Al Arabiya: 11,000 Saudi firms closed down due to Nitaqat, finds study


Wall Street Journal Real Time Economics: Discounted Saudi Crude Shaped Refiners’ Political Contributions, Paper Finds


Inside Higher Ed: Simulating COVID Spread in College Setting


The Chronicle of Higher Education: What Covid-19 Computer Models Are Telling Colleges About the Fall


Forbes: Can College Campuses Prevent The Spread Of Covid-19 When They Reopen This Fall?


MarketWatch: How COVID-19 could spread on college campuses. Will students be safe?


Washington Post: Universities wanting students on campus will need quarantines, tests and masks, says new study


NPR WGLT: Model Simulates How Quickly COVID-19 Can Spread On A College Campus


El Universal: Simulando el Covid-19 en un contexto universitario