Kelly researches how health status is both affected by and affects economic development in poor countries. Based in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, her work includes topics on maternal and child health, and sexual and reproductive health. She also investigates links between early childhood development (ECD) and economic development, and evaluates inverventions for improving ECD. Further work examines the role of intrahousehold allocation in determining child health and development.
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Kelly joined IFPRI in 2011 as a postdoctoral fellow. Prior to that, she earned a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Masters in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and worked as consultant and Junior Professional Associate at the World Bank.