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Jessica Leino

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Jessica Leino

Deputy Director and Research Scholar
Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development
PhD, Economics, University of California, Berkeley
MPhil, Development Studies, University of Cambridge
BA, Economics, Harvard University


Jessica Leino is Deputy Director of the Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development. Prior to joining Stanford, Leino was a Senior Economist at the World Bank, where her work focused on expanding coverage and improving the quality of social protection programs in South Asia. She joined the Bank in 2008 through the Young Professionals Program. Leino holds a BA in Economics from Harvard, an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. She has previously worked at the Brookings Institution and as a project evaluation consultant in East Africa. Her research has appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Economics and other academic and policy outlets.