Jocelyn Finlay

Research Scientist

9 Bow Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138



Jocelyn is a Research Scientist at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. An economist by training, but now benefiting from the multidisciplinary environment at HSPH, Jocelyn’s research focuses on understanding the economic consequences of health and demographic change particularly in low and middle income countries. Her research fields examine the economic consequences of demographic change, the economics of reproductive health, issues surrounding child and maternal health, and the economics and social responses to natural disasters.

Jocelyn works with the Demographic and Health Surveys and IPUMS International amongst other data. Jocelyn has created a database of Reproductive Health Laws around the world from 1960 to the present. She is also involved with a large project cataloguing the Social Security Laws around the world from 1960 to the present. She also works with ArcGIS to collate data on natural disasters around the world and over time. In addition to the empirical work, Jocelyn also conducts systematic qualitative analysis exemplified by recent work conducted in Ghana.


2001-2006 PhD, Economics, Australian National University, School of Economics. Thesis Title: “Endogenous Longevity and Economic Growth”

1995-2001 Bachelor of Commerce (Economics Honors), University of Melbourne, School of Economics and Commerce.

1995-2000 Bachelor of Arts (Japanese), University of Melbourne, Faculty of Arts.