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Jessica Leight

I am a Research Fellow in the Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI); previously, I served as an  Assistant Professor of Economics at American University (2017-2019), and an assistant professor of economics at Williams College (2013-2017).

I received my PhD in Economics from MIT in 2013 and previously received a MPhil with Distinction in Economics at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2008 and a B.A., summa cum laude and phi beta kappa, in Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale University in 2006.

Using Descriptive Social Norms To Improve Immunization Compliance

In recent years, immunization rates for children in the United States have been steadily declining in conjunction with an increase in reported outbreaks of infectious diseases. In general, evidence suggests that vaccine rates decline as children age: they are highest […]

Safe Birth Kits: Promise Unfulfilled? Evidence From A Randomized Trial In Northern Nigeria

Published by Jessica Leight Economics Department, American University, Washington, D.C., United States of America These findings are described in the article entitled Associations between birth kit use and maternal and neonatal health outcomes in rural Jigawa state, Nigeria: A secondary […]