Jocelyn Finlay

Research Scientist

Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

1635 Tremont St
Boston, Massachusetts 02120



Jocelyn is a Research Scientist at the Department of Global Health and Population. 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 determinants of fertility changes, the economic consequences of demographic change, the economics of reproductive health, issues surrounding child and maternal health, and the economic and social responses to natural disasters and conflict.

Jocelyn is PI of a large project based in Burundi working on empowering young women in their reproductive health, using mixed methods approach to create youth-made and youth-targeted interventions. She also 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.


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.