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. 2016. "Reallocating Wealth? Insecure Property Rights and Agricultural Investment in Rural China." China Economic Review 40: 207-227.
Leight, Jessica. 2017. "Sibling Rivalry: Ability and Intrahousehold Allocation in Gansu Province, China" Economic Development and Cultural Change 65 (3): 457-493.
Sharma, Vandana, Willa Brown, Muhammad Kainuwa, Jessica Leight, and Martina Bjorkman Nyquist. 2017. “High Maternal Mortality in Jigawa State, Northern Nigeria Estimated Using the Sisterhood Method.” BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 17:163.
Sharma, Vandana, Jessica Leight, Fatima Abdulaziz, Nadege Giroux and Martina Bjorkman Nyqvist. “"Illness recognition, decision-making and care-seeking for maternal and newborn complications: A qualitative study in Jigawa State, Northern Nigeria.” Forthcoming, Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition.
Economy of China and political economy
“Grain into Gold: The Impact of Agricultural Income Shocks on Rural Chinese Households” Revision requested, World Bank Economic Review On-line appendix
"Complementarity between Non-agricultural and Agricultural Shocks in Local Industrialization: Evidence from China"
“Misallocation, Selection and Productivity: A Quantitative Analysis with Panel Data from China” (Joint with Tasso Adamopoulos, Loren Brandt and Diego Restuccia) Under review
“Exporting out of Agriculture: The Impact of WTO Accession on Structural Transformation in China” (Joint with Bilge Erten) Under review
“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"
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) Video describing the intervention