Raji Jayaraman

Rajshri (Raji) Jayaraman

Associate Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and Department of Economics
Affiliated Faculty, Centre for South Asian Studies




1 Devonshire Place, Room 366S




Raji Jayaraman is Associate Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and the Department of Economics. Her research in development and labor economics examines the role of incentives and social preferences on the decisions and performance of students, workers, and consumers. Her recent empirical work has examined the effect of incentive pay on worker productivity; school feeding programs on student outcomes; defaults on charitable donations; and immigration on employment. In collaboration with theorists, she has also worked on the identification of peer effects in social interactions models. Her research has been published in leading economics journals, including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Review of Economics and Statistics and the Journal of Development Economics.


Development Economics
Labor Economics


PhD Economics, Cornell University (2001)
MA International & Development Economics, Yale University (1995)
BA (hons.) Economics & Finance, McGill University (1994)


Defaults and Donations: Evidence from a Field Experiment, 2019, (with Steffen Altmann, Armin Falk, Paul Heidhues and Marrit Teirlinck), Review of Economics and Statistics.

School Feeding and Learning Achievement: Evidence from India’s Midday Meal Program, 2019, (with Tanika Chakraborty), Journal of Development Economics Vol.139, 249-265.

Anatomy of a Contract Change, 2016, (with Debraj Ray and Francis de Vericourt), American Economic Review, 106(2), 316-358.

Linear Social Interactions Models, 2015, (with Lawrence Blume, William Brock, and Steven Durlauf), Journal of Political Economy, 123(2), pp. 444-496.

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