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Kelly Jones, PhD

Associate Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute
Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Research field: Economics - Economic Development, Technological Change and Growth
I15 - Health and Economic Development
D10 - Household Behavior and Family Economics
J13 - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth


Awards and Grants

  •  Dec 2012 
    IFPRI Strategic Innovation Fund
  •  Apr 2011 
    CEGA: Development Research Challenge Grant (HM)
  •  Apr 2009 
    National Science Foundation: Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant,
  •  Jan 2009 
    UC Berkeley Population Center: Pilot Research Grant
  •  Aug 2008 
    Hewlett Foundation & IIE: Dissertation Fellowship in Population, Reproductive Health, and Economic D
  •  Jan 2008 
    UC Berkeley: Sidney Hoos Award for Best Econometrics Paper
  •  Jan 2005 
    Mellow Foundation & JHU SAIS: Judy Hendren Mellow Fellowship

Biographical Information

Kelly researches how health status is both affected by and affects economic development in poor countries. Based in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, her work includes topics on maternal and child health, and sexual and reproductive health. She also investigates links between early childhood development (ECD) and economic development, and evaluates interventions for improving ECD. Further work examines the role of intra-household allocation in determining child health and development.


Professional Experience

2011 - Present
Associate Research Fellow at International Food Policy Research Institute
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Jun 2005 - Jul 2006
Junior Professional Associate, South Asia Agriculture & Rural Development at The World Bank
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
May 2004 - May 2005
Economist at U.S. International Trade Commission
Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Aug 2006 - Jun 2011
University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, California, United States
Doctorate in Agricultural & Resource Economics
Aug 2003 - May 2005
Johns Hopkins University - SAIS in Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Masters in International Relations
Consulting Services

The World Bank, Development Research Group
The Hewlett Foundation

Referee for:
Review of Economic Studies
Economic Development and Cultural Change
World Bank Economic Review
Journal of African Economies
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management
3ie Research Funding

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