Edmonds’ research aims to improve policy directed at child labor, forced labor, human trafficking, youth migration, and human capital in poor countries. Current projects include a study of a debt-bondage system in Nepal, an effort to provide life skills training to middle school age girls in Rajasthan, and an evaluation of the government of the Philippines principal anti-child labor program. A frequent advisor on issues related to child and forced labor in the global supply chain, he currently serves on advisory panels for the U.S. Department of Labor, the International Labor Organization’s Understanding Children’s Work project, the GoodWeave Foundation, and the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Edmonds is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge MA, a Senior Fellow at the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development, a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor, and Editor of World Bank Economic Review. Here at Dartmouth, he created the curriculum in development economics, teaches Economics 24 and 44, and is the faculty lead for the Human Development Initiative.
Professor of Economics