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Kelsey Jack

Kelsey Jack

Associate Professor

Environmental and Development Economics

Bren Hall 4412

Kelsey Jack will be on sabbatical in Fall 2023, Winter 2024, and Spring 2024.


PhD, Public Policy, Harvard University
BA, Public and International Affairs, Princeton University


Kelsey Jack does research at the intersection of environmental and development economics, with a focus on how individuals, households, and communities impact and are impacted by the environment. She uses field experiments to test theory and new policy innovations in numerous countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Jack joined the Bren School after seven years as an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Tufts University and a postdoc position at MIT. She is the director of the Poverty Alleviation group at the Environmental Markets Lab (emLab) at UCSB, co-chair of the Energy, Environment and Climate Change sector at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT and an Associate Editor at the American Economic Review. 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.

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