Jeff Hammer is the Charles and Marie Robertson Visiting Professor in Economic Development. He came to the Woodrow Wilson School after 25 years at the World Bank where he held various positions related to public economics, the last three in the New Delhi Office where he worked on decentralization and community development projects in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. His research interests include economic development, public economics and health in poor countries, particularly in Asia and Africa and more particularly in South Asia. Current research is on the quality of medical care in India, absenteeism of teachers and health workers, determinants of health status and improving service delivery through better accountability mechanisms. He has written extensively on these subjects. For example, an article titled “The Quality of Medical Advice in Low-Income Countries” (with Jishnu Das and Kenneth Leonard) was published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives. He teaches courses on Economic Development and the Economics of Health Policy in Developing Countries. Ph.D, Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.