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Jozefina Kalaj, PhD Assistant Professor of Strategy

Jozefina Kalaj, PhD

Assistant Professor of Economics
Graziadio Business School


Dr. Kalaj’s research interests are in labor and development economics with an emphasis on applied econometrics. Her primary work addresses the consequences of migration and remittances on those left behind in the home country. In other ongoing research, she evaluates the pathways between groundwater irrigation, horticulture production, and nutritional outcomes in semi-arid regions of Senegal. A recent publication in Maternal & Child Nutrition highlights some of this work.

Before joining the Pepperdine faculty, Dr. Kalaj served as both an Adjunct Professor of Economics and the Program Coordinator for the Globalization, Economics, and Business cohort of the Women's Leadership Program at the George Washington University. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she worked in the financial services industry. She holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from University of Michigan and a graduate degree in Economics from the George Washington University.


  • PhD in Economics, George Washington University

  • MA in Economics, George Washington University

  • BA in Economics & Political Science, University of Michigan


  • Kalaj, J., Rogger, D., & Somani, R. (2022). Bureaucrat time-use: Evidence from a survey experiment. World Development, 152.
  • Downs, S. M., Sackey, J., Kalaj, J., Smith, S., & Fanzo, J. (2019). An mHealth voice messaging intervention to improve infant and young child feeding practices in Senegal. Maternal & Child Nutrition, 15(4), e12825.