Jenny C. Aker

Assistant Professor of Development Economics

  • BA, Duke University
  • MALD, The Fletcher School
  • MS, Agricultural Economics, University of California, Berkeley
  • PhD, Agricultural Economics, University of California, Berkeley

Professional Activities
  • Visiting Fellow, Center for Global Development (2008-2009)
  • Deputy Regional Director for West and Central Africa (1998-2000)
  • Catholic Relief Services Research Fellow and Fulbright Scholar, Institute Agronomique et Veterinaire, Universite de Hassan-II, Rabat, Morocco (1997-1998)
  • Consultant in international development

Research Interests
  • Development Economics
  • Information Technology
  • Agricultural Markets
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Program Evaluation

Aker, Jenny C. and Jesse Tack. "Information Technology and Firms' Search Behavior." In submission. 2011
• Aker, Jenny C. and Isaac Mbiti. 2009. "Mobile Phones and Economic Development in Africa." Journal of Economic Perspectives 24: 3, (2009).
Aker, Jenny C. 2008. "Towards Measuring the Impact of the World Food Program's Purchase for Progress Initiative." CGD Essay # 1417886.
Aker, Jenny C. 2008. "Can you Hear me Now? How Cell Phone are Transforming Markets in sub-Saharan Africa." CGD Note.
• Aker, Jenny C. 2008. "Drought and Food Crises in Niger." CGD Working Paper #157. Washington, D.C.: Center for Global Development.
• "Do Borders Matter? Borders and Markets in West Africa” (with Jenny C. Aker and Steven O’Connell).

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160 Packard Avenue, Tufts University
Medford, MA, 02155