Kelsey Hample

Kelsey Hample

Associate Professor of Economics

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Kelsey Hample (PhD., North Carolina State University) joined the Furman economics faculty in 2017. Her research interests include topics in development and behavioral economics with a focus on individual decision making in the face of risk and uncertainty. Recent research papers ask how Northern Ghanaian households change their fuel input decisions in response to owning more efficient cooking stoves and how Kenyan individuals compare to Americans in their demand for informal risk sharing and formal insurance. Dr. Hample’s teaching includes Development Economics, Behavioral Economics, Empirical Methods in Economics, and Introduction to Economics.

In college, Dr. Hample was lucky to discover economics at the intersection of two seemingly competing interests: mathematics and psychology. Conducting her own research project with the help of fantastic mentors solidified her excitement for economics and put her on the path to graduate school. Since then, she has enjoyed exciting students about the breadth of economics and mentoring students through their own research projects. Outside of Furman, Dr. Hample enjoys baking, hiking, and gardening.


  • Ph.D., North Carolina State University
  • B.A., Illinois Wesleyan University
  • DeVito, S., Hample, K., & Lain, E. (2022). Examining the Bar Exam: An Empirical Analysis of Racial Bias in the Uniform Bar Examination. University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, Forthcoming.
  • Hample, K. C. (2021). Formal insurance for the informally insured: Experimental evidence from Kenya. World Development Perspectives, 22, 100300.
  • Hample, K. C. (2020). Experimental methodology: Assigning pro-social groups in the lab. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 88, 101610.