Jennifer Meyer Associate Professor of Government & Public Health, Program Chair of Public Health



My research focuses on the intersection of environment and development economics, and examines the contributors to and impacts of environmental-related health issues. Specifically, I study why households often show low demand for seemingly cost-effective technologies, what behaviors households use to cope with poor environmental quality, and how environmental health related illnesses affect long-run human capital development. My research to-date primarily focuses on water and sanitation issues but also explores topics such as water supply, energy access, climate change mitigation and adaptation, poverty, and gender.

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Ph.D. Environmental Economics and Policy, Duke University, 2017.

M.P.P., Duke University.

B.S. Economics & B.A. Political Science, The George Washington University.



* indicates equal contributions by authors. 

Morgan, S., Baker, J., Orgill-Meyer, J., Jeuland, M. (2021). Valuing Water Quality with Adaptation: Evidence from a natural experiment in Jordan. Water Economics and Policy.

Sheahan, K, Orgill-Meyer, J., Paul J., Weinberger M., Curtis S., Speizer I., Bennett A (2021). Development of Facility-Level Integration Indexes to Determine the Extent Family Planning and Child Immunization Services Integration in Health Facilities in Urban Areas of Nigeria. Reproductive Health, 18(47).

Orgill-Meyer J. (2020). Interaction of Village Latrine Coverage and School Latrines on Educational Outcomes in India. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development. 

Orgill-Meyer, J., Pattanayak, S. (2020). Improved Sanitation Increases Long-Term Cognitive Test Scores. World Development, 132.

 *Kaczan, D., *Orgill-Meyer, J. (2019). The impact of climate change on migration: a synthesis of recent empirical insights. Climatic Change, 158: 281-300.

Orgill-Meyer, J., Pattanayak, S., Chindarkar, N., Dickinson, K., Panda, U., Rai, S., Sahoo, B., Singha, A., Jeuland, M. (2019). Long-term impact of a community-led sanitation campaign in India, 2005-2016. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 97(8): 523-533A.

Orgill-Meyer, J.,  Jeuland, M., Albert, J., & Cutler, N. (2018). Comparing Contingent Valuation and Averting Expenditure Estimates of the Costs of Irregular Water Supply. Ecological Economics, 146: 250-264. 

Jeuland, M., Orgill, J., Shaheed, A., Brown, J. (2016). A matter of good taste: Investigating preferences for in-house water treatment. Environment and Development Economics, 21(3): 291-317.

Shaheed, A., Orgill, J., Montgomery, M., Jeuland, M., Brown, J. (2014). Why “improved” water sources are not always safe. Bulletin Of The World Health Organization, 92(4): 283-289.

Shaheed, A., Orgill, J., Ratana, C., Montgomery, M., Jeuland, M., Brown, J. (2014). Water quality risks of ‘improved’ water sources: evidence from Cambodia. Tropical Medicine & International Health, 19(2): 186–194.

Orgill, J.; Shaheed, A., Brown, J., Jeuland, M. (2013). Water Quality Perceptions and Willingness to Pay for Clean Water in Peri-urban Cambodian Communities. Journal of Water and Health, 11(3): 489–506.