Robert Jensen, professor of business economics and public policy at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, will present a lecture titled “Understanding Gender Bias in the Developing World” on Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m., in the Chapel. The lecture is sponsored by the Levitt Center and is free and open to the public.
Jensen is co-editor of the Journal of Development Economics and an associate editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics. He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a fellow of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development and an affiliate of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab. He has previously served as an adviser to the International Labor Organization and the World Bank on a variety of topics including strategies to eradicate child labor and the design of social welfare programs.
While focusing his research on the microeconomics of international poverty and economic development, he has conducted and currently has ongoing survey projects in China, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nepal and India. His research on gender, health, education and fertility has been published in leading academic journals including the American Economic Review and Review of Economics and Statistics.