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Kevin Donovan

Kevin Donovan

Assistant Professor of Economics

Kevin is an assistant professor of economics at the Yale School of Management and Yale’s Jackson School of Global Affairs. He works in the fields of economic growth and development, with current work focusing on the relationship between labor markets frictions and economic growth and the importance of rural infrastructure in developing countries. He has conducted field work in Kenya, Nicaragua, Rwanda, and Uganda and his research has appeared in leading economic journals, including Econometrica, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the Review of Economic Studies, among others.

In addition to his academic affiliations, he co-leads the Agriculture Program at the Structural Change and Economic Growth Consortium (STEG), an FCDO-funded research initiative to design and implement strategies that facilitate growth in developing countries. He has worked as an external consultant for the International Labor Organization on the “Future of Work” in developing countries and for the World Bank on a variety of topics including microenterprise growth and infrastructure development. He is also affiliated with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), the Yale Economic Growth Center, the Yale Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale (Y-RISE).

At SOM, he teaches the core class “The Global Macroeconomy” along with an elective “Market Failures and Economic Policy in Developing Countries” and an International Experience course, which includes a trip to Kenya.


  • PhD, Arizona State University, 2013
  • MS, Arizona State University, 2009
  • BS, Bentley College, 2007