Women In Economics / Development

Women in Economics: Seema Jayachandran: Change Attitudes Change Lives

Seema Jayachandran

November 25, 2022

Seema Jayachandran says tackling the smaller problems can have a big impact on lives. (photo: courtesy of Seema Jayachandran)

In This Episode

Economic progress improves lives, but it can also clash with some of the bigger development problems we face, like gender equality and the environment. Seema Jayachandran believes striking that balance is key to making economic development work for everyone. Jayachandran’s research has helped change gender attitudes in India’s schools, and conserve climate-critical forests in Uganda. Seema Jayachandran is a Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. In this podcast, Jayachandran talks about her work with journalist Rhoda Metcalfe as part of a special IMF series on extraordinary Women in Economics. Transcript

Seema Jayachandran is a Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and serves on the board of directors of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab as Chair on Gender.

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