Jessica Leight is an assistant professor of economics at Williams College working primarily on development economics, health economics and political economy. 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. in Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale University in 2006. Her research agenda focuses on questions of human capital accumulation, particularly for women and girls, as well as agricultural institutions, structural transformation and political accountability. Current projects include both field randomized controlled trials and survey analysis and have been funded by agencies including the Macarthur Foundation, USAID, the Department of Labor, the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab. She has also worked as a consultant with 3ie. In addition, her work is published or forthcoming in a number of leading journals in development economics.



Years active

2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Agency collaborators

Office of Personnel Management, Social Security, US Agency for International Development, Veterans Affairs