Seema Jayachandran

Seema Jayachandran’s research focuses on economic issues in developing countries. Her current work explores the determinants of parents’ investments in their children’s health and education. Other topics she studies include the environment, labour markets, and political economy. She is a recipient of a Sloan Research Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Early Career Development grant. She serves as a reviewing editor at Science and associate editor of the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Journal of Economic Perspectives. She is an affiliate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and co-chairs the Health Sector and serves on the Board of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab

Content by Seema Jayachandran
  • Publication - Working Paper

    Why Are Indian Children Shorter Than African Children?

    22 Sep 2015 | Seema Jayachandran, Rohini Pande

  • Project

    Household characteristics and the elasticity of demand for water

    Survey data indicates that households have low levels of awareness of their marginal water price which undermines the incentives intended in the water tariff structure. Researchers provide selected households with accurate information on the marginal water price they face to measure whether this would elicit a behavioural response and how this response would...

    21 Jul 2015 | Kelsey Jack, Seema Jayachandran

  • Blog post

    Why the firstborn is more likely to succeed in life

    Physical height is an important economic variable reflecting health and human capital. Puzzlingly, however, differences in average height across developing countries are not well explained by differences in wealth. We cannot close the malnutrition gap without addressing the social norms and economic rationales that deprive girls and younger siblings of the resources they...

    4 Nov 2014 | Seema Jayachandran, Rohini Pande

  • Project

    Impact evaluation of school-based gender sensitization campaign

    Despite two decades of rapid economic growth, outcomes for females in India continue to be considerably worse than those for males. Women tend to marry young and have children quickly, and face persistent barriers to mobility outside the home, labor force participation, and career development. Another troubling manifestation of gender bias is sex-selective abortion. In...

    1 Nov 2013 | Seema Jayachandran, Diva Dhar, Tarun Jain

  • Project

    The Enigma of Malnutrition in India

    One third of the world’s malnourished children live in India. Puzzlingly, the child malnutrition rate in India is higher than in most of Sub-Saharan Africa, yet on most other indicators of development, including other health indicators, India fares better than Africa. This problem has drawn the attention of top leaders in India. In January 2012, Prime Minister Manmohan...

    1 Jul 2012 | Seema Jayachandran, Rohini Pande