Jane Fortson

Jane Fortson

Associate Director
Areas of Expertise
  • Designing and conducting experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations
  • International development
Topics
  • International
  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Infrastructure
  • Finance
  • Health
  • Employment
  • Training and Reemployment
About Jane

Jane Fortson is an expert in designing and conducting experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations; she has worked on projects in international development, labor, education, and family and child well-being. Within international development, she has worked in agriculture, education, infrastructure, finance, and health.

Fortson is a project director and principal investigator for the evaluation of a Millennium Challenge Corporation-funded agricultural project in Moldova. The project’s activities—which include an agricultural finance program, a farmer training program, and an irrigation infrastructure rehabilitation program—are aimed at improving the transition to high-value agriculture. She is also the principal investigator for the evaluation of a Millennium Challenge Corporation-funded agricultural project in Morocco. The project’s activities included farmer training and investments in irrigation and post-harvest infrastructure.

In addition, Fortson is a principal investigator for the evaluation of the MasterCard Foundation Scholars program, which provides scholarships, mentoring, transition support, and networking to academically promising but economically disadvantaged secondary and postsecondary students in sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the developing world.

She has also been involved in random assignment and impact analyses for a random assignment study to evaluate Playworks, a program that provides elementary school students with opportunities for physical activity and play during the school day. Fortson has served as a methods expert for a range of other studies, including the evaluation of a cocoa farmer training program in West and Central Africa sponsored by the World Cocoa Foundation and an econometric analysis of Job Corps performance measures for the U.S. Department of Labor.  

Fortson has presented to numerous international and U.S. audiences and has published in major academic journals, including the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Demography, the Journal of Human Resources, and the Review of Economics and Statistics. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.

Key Projects