Prof. Dr. Jaya Krishnakumar

University of Geneva, Switzerland

Areas of expertise

  • Econometrics
  • Quantitative methods for multi-dimensional well-being analysis
  • Poverty, inequality and human development


  • PhD in Econometrics and Statistics, University of Geneva, Swizerland

Jaya is a full professor of Econometrics at the Institute of Economics and Econometrics of the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Her research interests include panel data econometrics, multivariate econometric modelling, household consumption analysis, poverty, inequality and human development, and quantitative methods for multi-dimensional well-being analysis.

Jaya has published articles in renowned outlets such as Econometric Theory, Journal of Econometrics, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, Journal of Public Economics, European Economic Review, Health Economics, Review of Income and Wealth, Social Indicators Research, World Development, and Journal of Human Development and Capabilities.

She is a Fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association, and an associate editor of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, a referee for several top journals, a leader of various research projects with external funding, and a regular external expert for evaluating grant proposals. She is also a member of the Statistical Advisory Panel for the Human Development Reports of the UNDP, the Human Development Report Advisory Panel 2017, the academic experts panel for World Bank’s Women, Business and The Law Index 2019, the International Scientific Committee of COSA (Committee on Sustainability Assessment), as well as an Advisor for the SDG Platform developed by B-Lab along with the UN Global Compact.

Jaya has been portrayed by the 100 women initiative as one of 100 women with an exceptional professional career living in French- and Italian-speaking Switzerland and neighbouring France: