Senior Research Economist; Director, Center on the Economics of Reproductive Health

Areas of Expertise: Center on the Economics of Reproductive Health, International Women's Status and Rights, Reproductive Health & Rights

Kelly Jones is a Senior Research Economist at IWPR and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at American University. She is the 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.


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

A recent IWPR report examines the relationship between contraceptive access in the United States and a number of economic outcomes, based on a body of research that identifies causal impacts—rather than associations—of contraceptive access.[1] Unlike associations, causal relationships isolate the impact of contraceptive access itself, and eliminate factors that might be associated with both economic…

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

Highlights Research reviewed in this report explored the ways that access to contraception affected women’s economic outcomes in the following ways:   Educational Attainment   ■  Young women’s access to the pill improved higher education rates. Women gained access to the pill both through laws that legalized access to contraception for younger, unmarried women, and…

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.[1] Often missing from the discussion of women’s economic security, though, is the role of access to abortion. Abortion is a common and vital…

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

Highlights A large body of research has examined the effects of abortion access on fertility and health outcomes. A number of studies have also established associations between abortion access and economic outcomes. This paper summarizes a smaller body of literature that identifies the causal impacts of abortion access on economic outcomes, indicating how women’s economic…