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Hanan Jacoby

Lead Economist, Development Research Group

Hanan Jacoby is a Lead Economist in the Sustainability and Infrastructure Team of the Development Research Group. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1989. Before joining the Bank in 1998, he taught at the University of Rochester and also visited Princeton, Penn, and IFPRI.

Mr. Jacoby has wide-ranging interests in agriculture, rural institutions, and human capital and has published articles on land tenancy, groundwater markets, rural roads, risk-coping, child nutrition and schooling, and the economics of marriage in journals such as American Economic Review, Economic Journal, Journal of Political Economy, and Review of Economic Studies. He currently serves as associate editor for Journal of Development Economics and Economic Development and Cultural Change.



Tel : +1 202 458 2940


  • Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Irrigation & Drainage
  • Water
  • Water Resources Management 
  • Food Security