Associate Professor of Environmental and Development Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara
B Kelsey Jack is an Associate Professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara. Kelsey does research at the intersection of environmental and development economics, with a focus on how individuals, households, and communities decide to use natural resources and provide public goods. Much of her research uses field experiments to test theory and new policy innovations. She has conducted research in numerous countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and has ongoing work in South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Niger. She joined the Bren School after seven years as an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Tufts University and a postdoc position at MIT, with the Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI) at J-PAL. She holds a bachelors degree in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University and a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University. Before graduate school, she spent two years in Lao PDR working for IUCN.
Recent work by Kelsey Jack
Loans allowed low-income households to reallocate labour away from the market and back onto their own farms, and thereby improve their own harvests
A simple training increased adoption of an agricultural technology by over 90%, with persistent improvements in agricultural production and land use
Prepaid electricity meters are changing how residential customers pay for power across the developing world
Individuals put less effort into conserving water or energy at home when they share the resulting financial savings with other household members