James A. Levinsohn

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

Professor James Levinsohn

Levinsohn’s fields of expertise are in international economics, industrial organization, economic development and applied econometrics. Recently, his academic research has focused on the impact of HIV/AIDS on unemployment and school attendance in South Africa. He has published widely on trade policy, foreign investment practices and the global corporation.

Levinsohn’s international activities form a major component of his work. He has lived and worked in Senegal, Botswana and South Africa. One of his projects, now in its 11th year, trains government officials, university faculty and students, and NGO staff from over a dozen countries in southern Africa on how to use data to inform policymaking. He has also worked with Sudanese refugees in their attempt to be compensated for their forcible removal from their homelands.

A former professor and associate dean at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Levinsohn has held visiting appointments at the University of Cape Town, Tel Aviv University, the Institute for International Economic Studies in Stockholm, and Stanford’s Hoover Institution.

He has served on the editorial boards of numerous economics publications, including the American Economic Review and the Review of Economics and Statistics. Both his research and teaching have been recognized with major grants and awards.

Community Profile

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Education

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

Courses

Basics of Economics
MGT 404

Publications

Selected Articles

J. Levinsohn, Z. M. McLaren, O. Shisana and K. Zuma
The Review of Economics and Statistics
2011
M. Leibbrandt, J. Levinsohn and J. McCrary
Journal of Globalization and Development
2010
J. C. Hallak and J. Levinsohn
The Future of Globalization
2008
A. Banerjee, S. F. Galiani, J. A. Levinsohn, Z. McLaren and I. Woolard
The Economics of Transition
2008
J. Levinsohn and M. McMillan
Globalization and Poverty
2007

Selected Working Papers