Amanda Pallais is the Paul Sack Associate Professor of Political Economy and Social Studies at Harvard University. Her research focuses on the barriers preventing workers from thriving in the labor market.
Her research has explored the extent to which the cost of developing a reputation acts as a barrier preventing workers from entering the labor market. It has shown how manager bias can depress the job performance of minorities, how marriage market concerns can lead women to invest less in labor market success, and how financial aid can improve college outcomes for low-income students. Pallais received her B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Virginia in 2006 and her Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 2011.