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Seema Jayachandran
Northwestern University
seema@northwestern.edu
Seema Jayachandran is an Associate Professor of Economics at Northwestern University. She is also an affiliate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, International Growth Centre, and Innovations for Poverty Action. Dr. Jayachandran earned a Ph.D. 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. Prior to joining Northwestern, she was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Stanford University and a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley. She also previously worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. Dr. Jayachandran’s research interests span a wide range of topics in development economics. Much of her recent work focuses on maternal and child health in Africa and South Asia. She has also made contributions related to political economy, labor markets and environmental conservation in developing countries.


Articles By Seema Jayachandran
The youngest are hungriest
Posted On: 17 Sep 2014

Topics:   Health , Gender

Babies born in India are more likely to be stunted than those in sub-Saharan Africa, even though the former are better off on average. This column examines how the India-Africa height gap varies by birth order within the family and finds that it begins with the second-born and becomes more pronounced with each subsequent baby. Favouritism toward firstborn sons in India explains this trend.
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Tell us what you really think: Measuring gender attitudes in Haryana
Posted On: 18 Jul 2014

Topics:   Gender
Tags:   Haryana

Changing basic gender attitudes may be crucial for alleviating discrimination against women and improving gender outcomes. This column describes a unique measurement tool developed by social psychologists, which was adapted to measure gender attitudes of school children in the state of Haryana. It finds that both boys and girls in grades six and seven display strong same-gender preferences, with boys disproportionately associating females with negative attributes and vice versa.
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