Assistant Professor of Economics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D., Economics, 2013
Oxford University, M.Phil., Economics, 2008
Yale College, B.A., summa cum laude, Ethics, Politics and Economics, 2006
Fields of Specialization
Microeconomics (Undergraduate), Williams College (2013 - present)
Political Economy and Development (Undergraduate / Master's), Williams College (2014 - present)
Economy of China, Williams College (2014 - present)
Besley, Timothy, Jessica Leight, Rohini Pande and Vijayendra Rao. 2016. “The Regulation of Land Markets: Evidence from Tenancy Reform in India.” Journal of Development Economics 118: 72-87.
Leight, Jessica. "Reallocating Wealth? Insecure Property Rights and Agricultural Investment in Rural China." 2016. China Economic Review 40: 207-227.
Leight, Jessica. "Sibling Rivalry: Ability and Intrahousehold Allocation in Gansu Province, China" Forthcoming, Economic Development and Cultural Change
Economy of China and political economy
"Complementarity between Non-agricultural and Agricultural Shocks in Local Industrialization: Evidence from China"
“Grain into Gold: The Impact of Agricultural Income Shocks on Rural Chinese Households” Revision submitted, Journal of Development Economics On-line appendix
“Misallocation, Selection and Productivity: A Quantitative Analysis with Panel Data from China” (Joint with Tasso Adamopoulos, Loren Brandt and Diego Restuccia) Submitted
“Exporting out of Agriculture: The Impact of WTO Accession on Structural Transformation in China” (Joint with Bilge Erten)
“Value for Money: Vote-Buying and Politician Accountability in the Laboratory” (Joint with Rohini Pande and Laura Ralston)
“Maternal Education, Parental Investment and Non-cognitive Characteristics in Rural China” (Joint with Elaine Liu) Under review On-line appendix
"Community Health Educators and Maternal Health: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial"
"The Impact of Early Childhood Shocks on the Evolution of Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Skills” (Joint with Paul Glewwe and Albert Park)
Research in Progress
“Engaging Women to Improve Breastfeeding Outcomes in Tamil Nadu” (Joint with Simone Schaner)
“The Impact of Mentoring and Life Skills Training on Secondary School Progression and Child Labor Among Girls: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Rajasthan” (Joint with Eric Edmonds and Benjamin Feigenberg)
“Unconditional Cash Transfers and Intrahousehold Conflict: A Pilot Study in Kenya” (Joint with Simone Schaner)
“Using Cultural Ceremonies to Reduce Intimate Partner Violence and HIV Transmission: A Randomized Controlled Trial” (Joint with Vandana Sharma and Negussie Deyessa)