James A. Levinsohn

Director of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Charles W. Goodyear Professor in Global Affairs & Professor of Economics and Management

Levinsohn’s fields of expertise are international economics, industrial organization, economic development, and applied econometrics. His recent academic research has focused on estimating the impacts of internal migration on household well-being in South Africa, estimating the demand for sanitation in Bangladesh, and evaluating the impacts of pay-as-you-go car insurance in the US. He has published widely on trade policy, youth employment policy, and the global corporation.

Levinsohn is the founding Director of Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. In that capacity, he oversees the Global Affairs major in Yale College, the Global Affairs MA programs, and Yale’s World Fellows Program. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has consulted for many government and non-governmental organizations as well as many multinational corporations.

He has served on the editorial boards of the American Economic Review, the Journal of International Economics, the Review of Economic Studies, and the Journal of Economic Literature. Both his teaching and his research have been recognized with major grants and awards.

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  • PhD, Princeton University, 1988
  • MPA, Princeton University, 1985
  • BA, Williams College, 1981


Basics of Economics
MGT 404


Selected Articles

J. Levinsohn, Z. M. McLaren, O. Shisana and K. Zuma
The Review of Economics and Statistics
M. Leibbrandt, J. Levinsohn and J. McCrary
Journal of Globalization and Development
A. Banerjee, S. F. Galiani, J. A. Levinsohn, Z. McLaren and I. Woolard
The Economics of Transition
J. C. Hallak and J. Levinsohn
The Future of Globalization
J. Levinsohn and M. McMillan
Globalization and Poverty

Selected Working Papers