Robert Jensen is Professor of Public Policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. He is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a fellow of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD). He received his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University and prior to joining UCLA was a professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
His research focuses on the microeconomics of international poverty and economic development, including topics such as gender, health, education, fertility, and the role of markets and private enterprise in promoting economic development. He has conducted and/or currently has ongoing survey projects in China, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nepal and India. He has also served as an adviser to the International Labor Organization and the World Bank on a variety of topics including strategies to eradicate child labor and the design of social welfare programs. He is Co-Editor of the Journal of Development Economics and an Associate Editor of Economic Development and Cultural Change and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.
Recent & Forthcoming Publications:
Jensen, Robert and Adriana Lleras-Muney (2012). "Does Staying in School (and Not Working) Prevent Teen Smoking and Drinking?" Journal of Health Economics, 31(4), p. 644-675.
Jensen, Robert (2012). "Another Mouth to Feed? The Effects of Fertility on Girls' Malnutrition" CESifo Economic Studies, 58(2), p. 322-47.
Jensen, Robert (2012). "Do Labor Market Opportunities Affect Young Women's Work and Family Decisions? Experimental Evidence from India," Quarterly Journal of Economics, 127(2), p. 753-792.
Jensen, Robert and Nolan Miller (2011). “Do Consumer Price Subsidies Really Improve Nutrition?” Review of Economics and Statistics, 93(4), p. 1205-1223.
Jensen, Robert (2010). "Information, Efficiency and Welfare in Agricultural Markets," Agricultural Economics, 41(S1), p. 203-216.
Jensen, Robert (2010). “The (Perceived) Returns to Education and the Demand for Schooling," Quarterly Journal of Economics, 125(2), p. 515-548.
Jensen, Robert and Emily Oster (2009). “The Power of TV: Cable Television and Women’s Status in India,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 124(3), p. 1057-1094.
Jensen, Robert and Nolan Miller (2008). “The Impact of the World Food Price Crisis on Nutrition in China” Agricultural Economics, 39, p. 465 − 476.
Jensen, Robert and Nolan Miller (2008). “Giffen Behavior and Subsistence Consumption,” American Economic Review, 98(4), p. 1553 − 1577.
Jensen, Robert (2007). “The Digital Provide: Information (Technology), Market Performance and Welfare in the South Indian Fisheries Sector,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 122(3), p. 879 − 924.
Current Working Papers:
Jensen, Robert and Nolan Miller (2010). “A Revealed Preference Approach to Measuring Hunger and Undernutritionm” Revise-Resubmit, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.
Jensen, Robert and Nolan Miller (2011). “Keepin’ ‘em Down on the Farm: Old Age Security and Strategic Underinvestment in Children”
Jensen, Robert (2012). “Competition, Efficiency and the Dynamics of Firm Size: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in India”