Institution for Social and Policy Studies

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Jim Levinsohn

Faculty Fellow

Jim Levinsohn

Director, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs & Charles W. Goodyear Professor in Global Affairs, Professor of Economics and Management

Levinsohn heads the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, the home of Yale University’s undergraduate and graduate programs in Global Affairs.  He is also the co-Chair of the University Budget Committee, the university-wide committee advising the Provost on budgetary matters. In the classroom, Levinsohn teaches in both the Global Affairs programs as well as at the School of Management.

Levinsohn’s international activities form a major component of his academic work. He has lived and worked in Senegal, Botswana, and South Africa. One of his projects, now in its 13th year, trains government officials, university faculty and students, and NGO staff from over a dozen African countries on how to use data to inform policymaking.

Levinsohn has also worked domestically on several antitrust and commercial matters involving firms as varied as General Motors, Microsoft, NASCAR, the NCAA, the Presbyterian Church of Sudan, and the New York Taxicab Board of Trade.

A former professor and associate dean at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Levinsohn has held visiting appointments at the University of Cape Town, Tel Aviv University, the Institute for International Economic Studies in Stockholm, and Stanford’s Hoover Institution.