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Angela Cools
Contact Information:
Department of Economics
Davidson College
Office: Chambers Hall 3251

Current Position
Assistant Professor of Economics, Davidson College, 2019-


Ph.D., Economics, Cornell University, 2019
M.A., Economics, Cornell University, 2017
B.A., Economics, magna cum laude, Pomona College, 2010


Published Papers
Cools, A. & Patacchini, E. (2019). The Brother Earnings Penalty. Labour Economics 58: 37-51

Media Coverage: The Independent

Working Papers

Parents, Infants, and Voter Turnout: Evidence from the United States. Conditionally accepted at Quarterly Journal of Political Science.

The Asymmetric Gender Effects of High Flyers (with R. Fernandez and E. Patacchini).

Media Coverage: MarketWatch, Research Minutes Podcast

(Previously released as "Girls, Boys, and High Achievers" NBER Working Paper No. 25763.)

Peer Effects in Education (with E. Patacchini). In the Handbook of the Economics of Education, B. McCall (ed), Routledge, in preparation.

Work in Progress

Megachurch Scandals and Pro-Social Behavior

Teaching Experience
Davidson College
Instructor, Introductory Economics (Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020)​

Instructor, Economics of Gender and Family (Spring 2020, Spring 2021)

Instructor, Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (Fall 2020)

Instructor, Topics in Public Policy (Spring 2021)

Cornell University
Teaching Assistant for Professor Gary Fields, Labor Economics (Spring 2019)
Teaching Assistant/Guest Lecturer for Professor Francine Blau, Women in the Economy (Fall 2018)
Teaching Assistant for Professor Jennifer Wissink, Introductory Macroeconomics (Spring 2018)
Teaching Assistant for Professor Stephanie Thomas, Introductory Microeconomics (Fall 2017)
Teaching Assistant for Professor David Taylor, Introduction to Business Management (Summer 2017)
Teaching Assistant for Professor Thomas Lyons, Introductory Microeconomics (Summer 2016)

Research Experience and Other Employment
Research Assistant for Professor Eleonora Patacchini (2015-2017)
Research Assistant, New England Public Policy Center, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (2012-2014)
Financial Analyst, Disney Consumer Products (2010-2012)


Honors, Scholarships, and Fellowships
The Louis Walinsky Fund in Honor of Professor Herbert Davenport Outstanding Teaching Award (2018)
Sage Fellowship, Cornell University (2014-2015)
Phi Beta Kappa, Pomona College (2010)

Invited Presentations and Conference Presentations
2020: Association for the Study of Religion, Economics & Culture 24-Hour Conference

2019: Bureau of Labor Statistics, IAFFE, Davidson College, U.S. Census Bureau, Wake Forest University,
Southern Economic Association Annual Meetings
2018: Society for Economics of the Household


Professional Service
Referee, Contemporary Economic Policy; Economics of Education Review; Education Economics; Journal of Economic Geography; Journal of Economic Growth; Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization; Journal of Population Economics; Regional Science and Urban Economics

Mentor, Cornell University Graduate Student Association for Economics Mentorship Program (2016-2018)