Raji Jayaraman has a PhD from Cornell University and worked at the Center for Economic Studies at the University of Munich prior to joining ESMT in 2007.
She is a development economist whose research has focused broadly on the role of incentives and social preferences on the decisions and performance of students, workers, and consumers. Her recent empirical work has examined the effect of incentive pay on worker productivity; school feeding programs on student outcomes; and defaults on charitable donations. In collaboration with theorists, she has also worked on the identification of peer effects in social interactions models. At present, she is working on a series of projects concerning immigration, with a focus on Germany’s recent refugee influx. Her research has been published in leading economics journals including the American Economic Review, and the Journal of Political Economy.
Professor Jayaraman is currently serving as the faculty lead for the ESMT MBA program. She teaches Econometrics in the Masters of Management program and Data Analytics in the MBA and EMBA programs. She has been on ESMT’s Honor Roll for Teaching Excellence for many years. She has also taught development economics at the undergraduate and graduate level. She is a regular participant in conferences and panel discussions on evidence based policy design.