Jessica Leight

Jessica Leight

Jessica Leight is an assistant professor of economics at American University working primarily on development economics, health economics and political economy; previously, she was an assistant professor of economics at Williams College from 2013 to 2017.  She received a Ph.D. in economics at MIT in 2013, a M.Phil. in Economics at Oxford as a Rhodes scholar in 2008, and a B.A. from Yale University in 2006.  Her research agenda focuses on questions of agricultural institutions and structural transformation, as well as human capital accumulation for women and girls, and has been funded by the Macarthur Foundation, the Fondation de France, USAID, the Department of Labor, the Wellspring Foundation, and a number of other donors.  She has conducted or is actively conducting fieldwork in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, India, and Kenya.

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