Nathaniel Jensen

Nathaniel Jensen

Nathan is a scientist for the Sustainable Livestock Systems program at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya.  His research on poverty reduction focuses on resilience, social protection, financial tools, and innovative approaches to data collection.  Before joining the IBLI team in 2016, he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali from 2005-2007.  He then worked with agro-pastoralists in Bolivia while pursuing a Masters in Agriculture and Applied Economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  From Missouri, he moved to Cornell University as an IGERT fellow in Food Systems and Poverty Reduction and completed his PhD in Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University in 2014.  For the following two years, he worked with closely with the IBLI team as a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University.


Fisher, Eleanor, Jon Hellin, Helen Greatrex, and Nathaniel Jensen. 2018. Index insurance and climate risk management: addressing social equityDevelopment Policy Review, DOI: 10.1111/dpr.12387.

Johnson, Leigh, Brenda Wandera, Nathan Jensen and Rupsha Banerjee. 2018. Competing Expectations in an Index-Based Livestock Insurance ProjectThe Journal of Development Studies,  DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2018.1453603.

Jensen, Nathaniel, Andrew Mude and Christopher Barrett. 2018. How Basis Risk and Spatiotemporal Adverse Selection Influence Demand for Index Insurance: Evidence from Northern KenyaFood Policy, 74, 172-198

Jensen, Nathaniel, Christopher Barrett, and Andrew Mude. 2017. Index Insurance and Cash Transfers: A Comparative Analysis from Northern Kenya. Journal of Development Economics, 129, 14-28.

Jensen, Nathaniel, Munenobu Ikegami and Andrew Mude. 2017. Integrating social protectionstrategies for improved impact: A comparative evaluation of cash transfers andindex insurance in KenyaThe Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance - Issues and Practice, 42(4),  675-707.

Jensen, Nathaniel and Christopher Barrett. 2017. Agricultural Index Insurance for DevelopmentApplied Economic Perspectives and Policy,39(2), 199-219.

Jensen, Nathaniel, Christopher Barrett, and Andrew Mude. 2016. Index Insurance Quality and Basis Risk: Evidence from Northern KenyaAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics, 98(5): 1450–1469.

Bliss, Jessica, Nathaniel Jensen, Brian Thiede, Jeremy Shoham, Carmel Dolan, Victioria Sibson and Bridget Fenn. 2016. The Risk of Acute Malnutrition among Children Aged 6-36 Months in Households Targeted by an Emergency Cash Transfer ProgramFood and Nutrition Bulletin, 37(3) 387-400.

Janzen, Sarah, Nathaniel Jensen, and Andrew Mude. 2016. Targeted Social Protection in a Pastoralist Economy: Case Study from Kenya. OIE Scientific and Technical Review, 35(2).


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