Jensen came to William and Mary from the University of Michigan, where he received his Economics PhD in 1982. He was an NIH economic demography fellow while at Michigan. On leaves from William and Mary, he was Senior Fellow in the Program in Population at the East-West Center, Honolulu, and was concurrently Economist, Office of Population, USAID and a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, based in Washington, DC. He was Visiting Scholar in Economics at the University of Indonesia, has evaluated HIV-AIDS efforts for the World Bank and reproductive health programs for USAID, and has served as guest editor of the Journal of Philippine Development and the Philippine Population Journal.
One component of Eric's research has focused on the fertility, mortality and health impacts of the allocation of resources within households and societies, with attention to the formulation and evaluation of population and health policies. Related work has examined the efficacy of programs designed to implement these policies. He has worked in Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines, Romania, and Thailand on these issues. A recent research focus has been on economic models of migration, examining the relationship between fertility and migration in developing countries, and the quality of Mexican migrants to the US. His work has been supported by the Freeman, Mellon, Rockefeller, and TIAA-CREF Foundations.
Jensen has taught various undergraduate Economics and graduate Public Policy courses, including benefit-cost analysis, statistics, introductory econometrics, cross-section econometrics, principles of economics, a seminar in population economics, and the capstone policy research seminar. He is married to Elizabeth Jensen, and has two children: Joe, College of Wooster '11, and Jessica, a student at Earlham College. He plays music for fun and golf for humility, and misses the days when his knees let him unleash his so-so basketball game on the world.