Sanjay Jain is Senior Fellow in the Department of Economics at Oxford. He has previously served on the Economics faculty at Cambridge University, the University of Virginia, as an assistant professor of Economics and International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington DC, and as a lecturer at Princeton University. He is a Research Fellow at IZA (Institute of Labor Economics) Bonn, and has previously been a Visiting Senior Fellow at STICERD in the London School of Economics. He has served as a frequent consultant to the World Bank and for WIDER (World Institute for Development Economics Research) Helsinki.
Sanjay's research interests are in development economics, political economy, and applied microeconomic theory. Current research projects include the political economy of economic policy reform, and the effect of competition among microfinance institutions.
More recently, he has been working, with several co-authors, on covid-related research - specifically, on developing a novel methodology, based on robust optimization, that provides a structured way for policymakers to break the trade-off between accuracy and cost in diagnostic testing, while allowing for incomplete or noisy data. (Forthcoming paper in Management Science 2023. Previously: another working paper on medRxiv and an earlier paper in Nature Medicine).
He received his PhD in Economics at Princeton University, an MA in Economics at Johns Hopkins University, and a BA (Honours) in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.