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Jesse M. Cunha
Associate Professor of Economics
Graduate School of Business and Public Policy
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-2481
Email: jcunha (at)
PhD - Stanford University, 2010
MA - Stanford University, 2007
BS - Rutgers University, 2002
Physics, (Summa cum Laude)
  • 2010-present: Assistant Professor
  • June-August 2011: Visiting Researcher, Columbia University Middle East Research Center (CUMERC), Amman, Jordan
  • 2012-present: Research Associate, Department of Economics, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Economics, Applied econometrics, Labor economics.
  • Development economics, Labor economics, Public finance, Economics of education, Program evaluation
  • 2014-13 U.S. Army Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2) grant for work on the mental health and attrition costs of low psychological health of soldiers
  • 2012 Gates Foundation grant for work on value added in higher education
  • 2008 Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Grant for work on value added in higher education
  • 2008 Schultz Fellowship Funding for work on competition and cooperation in public good contributions
  • 2007 George Schultz Data Collection Fellowship for work on an evaluation of GO centers
  • American Economic Association, member
  • Complete list of publications and working paper can be seen here.
  • Cunha, Jesse M. "Testing Paternalism: Cash Versus In-kind Transfers in Rural Mexico." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Forthcoming.
  • Augenblick, Ned and Jesse M. Cunha, "Competition and Cooperation in a Public Goods Game: A Field Experiment," Economic Inquiry, Forthcoming
  • Cunha, Jesse M, Ryan Sullivan, Melih Can, and Huseyin Yalcinkaya. "Expedited Citizenship for Sale: Estimating the effect of Executive Order 13269 on non-citizen military enlistments." Applied Economics, February 2014, vol. 46 (11), pp. 1291-1300
  • Arkes, Jeremy and Jesse M. Cunha. "Workplace Goals and Output Quality: Evidence from time-constrained recruiting goals in the U.S. Navy." Defence and Peace Economics, Forthcoming.
  • Loeb, Susanna and Jesse M. Cunha. [2007] "Have Assessment-Based Accountability Reforms Influenced the Career Decisions of Teachers and Principals?" Prepared as part of Title I, Part E, Section 1503 of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
  • Cunha, Jesse M. and Trey Miller. [2008a] "Evaluating a College Information and Awareness Campaign: The Texas GO Center Project," Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Research Report.
  • Cunha, Jesse M. and Trey Miller. [2008b] "Quantitative Value-Added Measures in Higher Education: Possibilities and Limitations in the State of Texas," Report Commissioned by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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