Affiliated Faculty, Department of Economics
Kelsey Jack 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. In addition to her faculty position, she leads the poverty alleviation group at emLab and co-directs the energy, environment and climate change sector at J-PAL.