Economic Development

Eric A. Feldman (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 1 — Yale
Professor of Law
Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Feldman received both his PhD and JD from the University of California-Berkeley and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar.  His expertise is in Japanese law, comparative public health law, and law and society. His books and articles explore the comparative dimensions of rights, dispute resolution, and legal culture, often in the context of urgent policy issues including the regulation of smoking, HIV/AIDS, and other aspects of the health care system. Feldman has twice been a Fulbright Scholar in Japan, and has also been a Visiting Professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and at the University of Trento in Italy, as well as a Visiting Scholar at Waseda University’s Graduate School of Law in Tokyo. He has received grants and fellowships from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Bar Association, the National Science Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council, among others. Prior to joining the Penn Law faculty, he spent five years as the Associate Director of the Institute for Law and Society at New York University. He is the author of The Ritual of Rights in Japan: Law, Society, and Health Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2000), the co-editor of Blood Feuds: AIDS, Blood, and the Politics of Medical Disaster (Oxford University Press, 1999) and Unfiltered: Conflicts over Tobacco Policy and Public Health (Harvard University Press, 2004), and has published academic articles in edited volumes and journals including the California Law Review, Law in Japan, American Journal of Comparative Law, Los Angeles Times, Social and Legal Studies, Hastings Center Report, Lancet, Law and Society Review, and the Michigan Journal of International Law.

Discipline: Political Science

Erica M. Field (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 10 — Harvard
Professor of Economics, Department of Economics
Duke University, Durham, NC

Dr. Field received her PhD in Economics from Princeton University. Dr. Field’s major fields of interests are development economics, labor economics, economic demography, and health. Specifically, her research focuses on the areas of marriage and family, property rights, global health, and finance and entrepreneurship. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation, Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative, and the Harvard Sustainability Science Program, among others. She has published work in various journals, including the American Economics Journal and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. She is currently working on projects that explore adolescent empowerment and education in Bangladesh, the effects of micro-finance on women and households in South Asia and India, and the impacts of access to family planning resources on fertility and health in Zambia.

Discipline: Economics

Marco Gonzalez-Navarro (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 16 — Berkeley/UCSF
Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Dr. Gonzalez-Navarro received his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University. His research interests are in the field of development economics. His dissertation studied the introduction of Lojack to identify spatial crime externalities. He recently finished a study analyzing the impact of road pavement in the slums of a developing country using a randomized control trial. He is currently working on the health and fiscal impacts of home and community based Medicaid long term care programs.  He joined the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor of Economics in January 2011.

Discipline: Economics

Seema Jayachandran (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 11 — Berkeley/UCSF
Associate Professor, Department of Economics
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Dr. Jayachandran received her PhD and MA from Harvard University in Ecomomics and Physics respectively. She also received a MA from the University of Oxford in Physics and Philosophy, and her Bachelor of Arts from MIT.

Dr. Jayachandran's received publications include: “Why Are Indian Children So Short?  The Role of Birth Order and Son Preference” (with R. Pande), American Economic Review, forthcoming, September 2017, “Cash for Carbon: A Randomized Trial of Payments for Ecosystem Services to Reduce Deforestation” (with J. De Laat, E. Lambin, C. Stanton, R. Audy, and N. Thomas), Science, 357(6348), July 2017, pp. 267–273, “Mothers Care More,  But Fathers Decide:  Educating Parents about Child Health in Uganda,”  (with M. Bjorkman Nyqvist), American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, 107(5), May 2017, pp. 496-500 “Fertility Decline and Missing Women,” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 9(1), January 2017, pp. 118-139, “Friendship at Work:  Can Peer Support Catalyze Female Entrepreneurship?”  (with E. Field, N. Rigol, and R. Pande), American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 8(2), May 2016, pp. 125-153, “The Roots of Gender Inequality in Developing Countries” Annual Review of Economics, vol. 7, 2015, pp. 63-88, “Does Contraceptive Use Always Reduce Breastfeeding?” Demography, 51(3), June 2014, pp. 917-937, “Incentives to Teach Badly:  After-School Tutoring in Developing Countries,” Journal of Development Economics, 108, May 2014, pp. 190-205.

Her affiliations include: Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), Board Member and Co-Chair of Health Sector, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Board Member and Fellow, Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), Other affiliations: Centre for Economic Policy Research, International Growth Centre, Innovations for Poverty Action, Institute for Policy Research.

Discipline: Economics

Douglas L. Miller (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 7 — Berkeley/UCSF
Professor, Department of Policy Analysis and Management
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Dr. Miller received his PhD (Economics) and MA (Economics) both from Princeton University, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from UC Santa Cruz. He is a micro-economist, with research interests in social policy.  Dr. Miller is especially interested in policies that impact demographically and economically vulnerable populations.  He is also interested in the relationship between the economic environment and health outcomes.  Dr. Miller's research works to build and expand the econometric toolkit used to answer social science and public policy questions. Before joining PAM, I was a member of the Economics Department at UC Davis from 2002-2016.

Discipline: Economics