Kelly Jones, Ph.D.

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Kelly Jones is a former Senior Research Economist at IWPR and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at American University. She is the former co-Director of the Center on the Economics of Reproductive Health, which is housed at IWPR. Dr. Jones is an applied microeconomist whose research focuses on evaluating the impacts of various policies and interventions on gender equality and welfare. She teaches graduate courses on Impact Evaluation and has conducted numerous randomized-controlled trials in her research. Her recent work includes experimental analyses of women’s risk coping strategies in the face of financial shocks, and the implications for women’s sexual and reproductive health in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has also analyzed the impact of US foreign policy on women’s fertility outcomes internationally. Her new line of research focuses on the economic impacts of access to family planning in the U.S. Jones’s work has been highlighted in the New York Times, Le Monde, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Newsweek, The Nation, CNBC, and Slate, among other outlets. Details of her research and a full listing of peer-reviewed publications can be found on her personal website. Prior to joining IWPR, Dr. Jones was a Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University. She earned her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, and prior to that earned a M.A. in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies at The John’s Hopkins University.

Paid Family Leave Increases Mothers’ Labor Market Attachment

The United States is the only OECD country that does not guarantee a right to paid maternity leave. Evidence suggests that improving access to paid leave in the United States has health and economic benefits for families.

By |2020-08-10T14:29:25+00:00January 3, 2020|Fact Sheet, Job Quality and Income Security|Comments Off on Paid Family Leave Increases Mothers’ Labor Market Attachment

The Economic Effects of Contraceptive Access: A Review of the Evidence

Deciding whether and when to have a child is central to a woman’s economic well-being. It has implications for continuing education and joining the workforce, which can affect other long-term economic outcomes. As threats to abortion access increase and widen existing disparities, it is crucial to examine the range of economic effects that can result from this changing landscape.

By |2020-08-10T02:47:08+00:00September 26, 2019|Center on the Economics of Reproductive Health, Report|Comments Off on The Economic Effects of Contraceptive Access: A Review of the Evidence

The Economic Effects of Contraceptive Access: A Review of the Evidence (Fact Sheet)

Deciding whether and when to have a child is central to a woman’s economic well-being. It has implications for continuing education and joining the workforce, which can affect other long-term economic outcomes. As threats to abortion access increase and widen existing disparities, it is crucial to examine the range of economic effects that can result from this changing landscape.

By |2020-08-10T02:47:06+00:00September 26, 2019|Center on the Economics of Reproductive Health, Fact Sheet|Comments Off on The Economic Effects of Contraceptive Access: A Review of the Evidence (Fact Sheet)

The Economic Effects of Abortion Access: A Review of the Evidence

Deciding whether and when to have a child is central to a woman’s economic well-being. It has implications for continuing education and joining the workforce, which can affect other long-term economic outcomes. As threats to abortion access increase and widen existing disparities, it is crucial to examine the range of economic effects that can result from this changing landscape.

By |2020-08-10T02:49:45+00:00July 18, 2019|Center on the Economics of Reproductive Health, Fact Sheet|Comments Off on The Economic Effects of Abortion Access: A Review of the Evidence

The Economic Effects of Abortion Access: A Review of the Evidence (Fact Sheet)

Deciding whether and when to have a child is central to a woman’s economic well-being. It has implications for continuing education and joining the workforce, which can affect other long-term economic outcomes. As threats to abortion access increase and widen existing disparities, it is crucial to examine the range of economic effects that can result from this changing landscape.

By |2020-08-10T02:49:48+00:00July 18, 2019|Center on the Economics of Reproductive Health, Fact Sheet|Comments Off on The Economic Effects of Abortion Access: A Review of the Evidence (Fact Sheet)