Laura Schechter, a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, is among 26 faculty winners of the 2020-2021 Vilas Associates Competition. The Vilas Associates Competition recognizes new and ongoing research of the highest quality and significance. Recipients are chosen competitively by the divisional Graduate School Research Committees on the basis of a detailed proposal.
Schechter is an international development economist, and her research lies at the intersection of development economics and behavioral economics. Most of her work uses experiments to help understand behavior in the context of trust and trustworthiness, and risk and vulnerability. She is especially interested in social networks in developing countries and technology adoption.
The Vilas Associates Competition is open to tenure-track assistant professors and tenured faculty within 20 years of their tenure date. Winners receive up to two-ninths of research salary support (including the associated fringe costs) for both summers 2019 and 2020, as well as a $12,500 flexible research fund in each of the two fiscal years. Faculty paid on an annual basis are not eligible for the summer salary support but are eligible for the flexible fund portion of this award.