Jared Gars

I am a researcher at the University of Chicago and UCEMA as part of JILAEE – the Joint Initiative for Latin American Experimental Economics and LEAP, Bocconi.

Previously, I was a Junior Economist in the Trade and Agriculture Directorate at the OECD.

I earned my Ph.D. in Ag. and Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin in 2018. From 2016 until 2018, I was a PODER fellow at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. My research is on agriculture, behavioral, and development economics. I am currently working with both private and public institutions on experiments in OECD countries, Latin America, and Africa.

Email: gars.jared [at] gmail.com  /  Curriculum Vitae


Can differences in individual learning explain patterns of technology adoption? Evidence on heterogeneous learning patterns and hybrid rice adoption in Bihar, India
with Patrick Ward. World Development, 115:178-189 (2019)

Working papers

Media and Motivation: The Effect of Performance Pay on Writers and Content
with Ivan Balbuzanov and Emilia Tjernström. (New draft coming soon)

Confidence and Information Usage: Evidence from Soil Testing in India
with Ram Fishman, Avinash Kishore, Yoav Rothler and Patrick Ward (Submitted)

Seeds of Uncertainty: Information, Subjective Expectations, and Technology Adoption
with Emilia Tjernström. (New draft coming soon)

Selected works in progress

Resilient Economic Development in Malawi
with Selim Gulesci and Diego Ubfal (Baseline completed)

Practical Design Principles for Agri-Environmental Schemes
with Santiago Guerrero, Jussi Lankoski, and Laure Kuhfuss (Data collection ongoing)

Stereotypes and political attitudes in the age of Coronavirus: Empirical evidence from Italy
with Dante Donati and Nandan Rao (Data collection completed)

Impacts of Privatization on Market Performance in Dakar, Senegal
with Jean-François Houde, Molly Lipscomb, and Laura Schechter (Data collection completed)

Policy reports

Housing policies for sustainable and inclusive cities: How national governments can deliver affordable housing and compact urban development. (2020)
with A. Moreno-Monroy, T. Matsumoto, A. Schumann, R. Ahrend, and J. Crook. Coalition for Urban Transitions and OECD

The growth of metropolitan areas in: Cities in the World: A New Perspective on Urbanisation. (2020)
OECD Urban Studies, OECD Publishing, Paris