Professor James Levinsohn is the inaugural dean of the Jackson School and in that capacity he oversees the Global Affairs major in Yale College, the Global Affairs MPP and MAS programs, and the Yale World Fellows Program. Outside of Yale, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has consulted for many government and non-governmental organizations as well as many multinational corporations. Professor Levinsohn has served on the editorial boards of the American Economic Review, the Journal of International Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, and the Journal of Economic Literature.
His research has been recognized with major grants and his teaching has been recognized by “Best Professor” awards at both Yale and the University of Michigan where he was on the faculty for 20 years. Professor Levinsohn’s fields of expertise are international economics, industrial organization, economic development, and applied econometrics. His current academic research is focused on estimating the impacts of internal migration on household well-being in South Africa and estimating the demand for sanitation in Bangladesh.