Kelsey Jack is an Associate Professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara. Her research lies at the intersection of environmental and development economics. Kelsey has ongoing research projects in Zambia and South Africa, studying household decision about natural resources and the private provision of public goods. Much of her research uses field experiments to test theory and new policy innovations. Kelsey received her PhD in public policy from Harvard University in 2010 and spent a year as a post-doctoral fellow at MIT before joining the Department of Economics at Tufts University in 2011. She moved to UCSB in 2018. She is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research affiliate and co-chair of the energy and environment sector of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, Kelsey spent two years working for a conservation NGO in Lao PDR.
She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in November 2014.