Ebonya Washington

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Ebonya Lia Washington
Alma materBrown University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Scientific career
InstitutionsYale University
Doctoral advisorJonathan Gruber and Sendhil Mullainathan

Ebonya L. Washington is Samuel C. Park Jr. Professor of Economics at Yale University.[1] She is also a National Bureau of Economic Research Faculty Research Fellow in the Programs on Political Economy and the Economics of Children.[2]

Her research focuses on the political economy of low-income and minority constituents and the processes through which low-income Americans meet their financial needs.[3] Several of her papers have been discussed in the popular press.[4][5][6][7][8] She is associate editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the foreign editor of the Review of Economic Studies.


Washington received her BA from Brown University in 1995 and her PhD in economics at MIT in 2003.[9]

Research Highlights[edit]

"Why Did the Democrats Lose the South? Bringing New Data to an Old Debate" (with Ilyana Kuziemko)[edit]

In this paper, Washington and Kuziemko use historical Gallup data on racial attitudes and political preferences to empirically examine why Southern whites left the Democratic party in the second half of the 20th century. This notable political shift has been a central question in Political Economy and has conventionally lead to two competing explanations: (1) Civil Rights caused racially conservative whites to leave the party and (2) economic development in the South made Democratic redistributive policies unattractive. They find evidence that defection among racially conservative whites explains most of the decline in white Democratic identification among Southerners from 1958-1980, which lends credence to the Civil Rights attitudes over the economic development hypothesis.

Other Selected works[edit]

  • Washington, Ebonya L. (2008). "Female socialization: how daughters affect their legislator fathers' voting on women's issues". The American Economic Review. 98 (1): 311–332. doi:10.1257/aer.98.1.311. JSTOR 29729973.
  • Mullainathan, Sendhil; Washington, Ebonya (2009). "Sticking with your vote: Cognitive dissonance and political attitudes". American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. 1 (1): 86–111. doi:10.1257/app.1.1.86. JSTOR 25760148.
  • Gerber, Alan S.; Huber, Gregory A.; Washington, Ebonya (2010). "Party affiliation, partisanship, and political beliefs: A field experiment". American Political Science Review. 104 (4): 720–744. doi:10.1017/S0003055410000407. JSTOR 40982894.
  • Washington, Ebonya (2006). "How black candidates affect voter turnout". The Quarterly Journal of Economics. 121 (3): 973–998. doi:10.1162/qjec.121.3.973. JSTOR 25098814.


  1. ^ "Ebonya Washington named the Park Professor of Economics". news.yale.edu. 2018-11-14. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  2. ^ "NBER Reporter: 2012 Number 3 Profiles". www.nber.org. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  3. ^ "American Economic Association". www.aeaweb.org. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  4. ^ "Support for government help has fallen among those who rely on it most". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  5. ^ "Researchers have found strong evidence that racism helps the GOP win". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  6. ^ Rampell, Catherine; Rampell, Catherine (2016-08-29). "Please don't tell anyone, but tax cheating is about to rise in the U.S." The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  7. ^ Irwin, Neil (2015-04-17). "Why Americans Don't Want to Soak the Rich". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  8. ^ Gordon, Noah. "Having a Daughter Won't Make You Vote Democratic (or Republican)". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  9. ^ "Ebonya Washington CV" (PDF).

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