Associate Professor

Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy | Department of Economics,

University of Toronto

Office: Rm. 366S, 1 Devonshire Place Phone: +1 416 978-1727

ESMT Berlin (on leave)


contact: r[dot]jayaraman[at]

On leave from ESMT Berlin, I am currently associate professor of economics in the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, with a cross-appointment in the Department of Economics at the University of Toronto. My research in development and labor economics examines the role of incentives and social preferences on the decisions and performance of students, workers, and consumers. I have examined the effect of incentive pay on worker productivity; school feeding programs on student outcomes; defaults on charitable donations; and immigration on employment. In collaboration with theorists, I have also worked on the identification of peer effects in social interactions models. These papers have been published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Review of Economics and Statistics and the Journal of Development Economics. In addition to my research and teaching, I am interested in policy issues pertaining to educational attainment, health outcomes, the Indian economy, gender gaps, economic development, and charitable donations.