Heather Schofield

Heather Schofield, Ph.D., is assistant professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy. Dr. Schofield is an economist studying development, health, and behavioral economics. Two primary ongoing areas of research include the role of health human capital (nutrition, pain management, adequate sleep) in economic productivity, cognitive function, and decision-making and the role of financial and social incentives in promoting healthy behaviors. Dr. Schofield completed her Ph.D. in Business Economics, MS in Global Health and Population, and BA in Economics at Harvard University.

Content by Heather Schofield
  • Blog post

    Low caloric intake and poverty among cycle-rickshaw peddlers in India

    Improved nutrition has been found to have positive impacts on the earnings, cognitive function, and decision-making of the poor. This holds great potential if complemented by nutrition education, and supported by policy and government investment. One-seventh of the world’s population consumes fewer calories than recommended by health officials. In India, this number is...

    24 Aug 2017 | Sendhil Mullainathan, Heather Schofield

  • Project

    Causes and consequences of low caloric intake in India: Nutrition, productivity and cognition

    Many of the world’s poor consume very few calories. Because calories are not just consumption, but also an input into production, this low consumption has the potential to dampen labor productivity and impede decision-making. Low caloric intake may therefore play a key role in the productive capacity of the world’s poorest and the firms which hire them. Economic theory...

    2 Feb 2016 | Sendhil Mullainathan, Heather Schofield