Seema Jayachandran

Professor of Economics, Northwestern University and Co-Chair, Cash Transfers for Child Health Initiative

Seema Jayachandran is a professor of economics at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on economic issues in developing countries, including environmental conservation, gender equality, labor markets, health, and education.

She is a recipient of a Sloan Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award, and the Ecological Society of America’s Sustainability Science Award. She currently serves as co-editor for the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics and associate editor for the Quarterly Journal of Economics. She is also a board member and chair of the gender sector for the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), and is co-director of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s program in Development Economics. In addition, she writes regularly for The New York Times as one of its Economic View columnists. Prior to joining Northwestern, she was a faculty member at Stanford University.

She earned a doctorate in economics from Harvard University, a master’s degree in physics and philosophy from the University of Oxford where she was a Marshall Scholar, and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from MIT.