Research Fellow, IFPRI
Jessica Leight is a Research Fellow in the Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division at IFPRI; previously, she served as an assistant professor of economics at American University from 2017 to 2019 and 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 human capital accumulation for women and girls as well as agricultural institutions and structural transformation, and has been funded by the Macarthur Foundation, the Fondation de France, USAID, the Department of Labor, and a number of other donors.
Recent work by Jessica Leight
China’s accession to WTO reduced trade policy uncertainty, spurred structural change towards manufacturing and services, and increased economic growth
Weak land rights among farmers reduces agricultural productivity and output, hitting skilled farmers hardest
When voters receive payments, politicians are given greater leniency, and in turn steal more
School-based life skills classes can change attitudes, strengthen social connections, and help girls assert more control over their lives while...