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Higher Ed: Are all degrees created equal?

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The economics of privatizing social security

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Mental Accounting - Is a dollar a dollar?

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Household Finance: Designing a smarter SNAP

  • Press
    May 2015:
    Hastings launches the new Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab - RIIPL - at Brown University to support smart policy and data-driven decision making in Rhode Island. Click here to read more.

    May 2015:
    Hastings joins Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs starting July 1, 2015. Click here to read more.

    December 2014:
    The NBER Reporter summarizes Dr. Hastings' work on privatizing social security in their latest issue. Click here to read more.

    December 2014:
    New Policy Briefs Available: Economics, Distilled – We've translated each technical paper into key points and takeaways for policy. We aim to make cutting-edge research accessible, usable, and translatable into real policy that impacts lives for the better. Click here.to access the briefs.

  • Seminars
    May 2015:
    US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Washington, DC.

    April 2015:
    National Bureau of Economic Research Public Economics meetings, Cambridge, MA.

    February 2015:
    RAND Santa Monica, California.

    November 2014:
    National Bureau of Economic Research Household Finance Conference on Research Findings and Implications for Policy. Washington, DC.

    October 2014:
    UCLA Anderson Business School, Los Angeles, CA

    April 2014:
    Harvard University, Cambridge, MA and U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC.

    February 2014:
    Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

  • New
    July 2015:
    New paper: "(Un)informed College Choice" with Christopher Neilson, Anely Ramirez and Seth Zimmerman. Download here.

    June 2015:
    New paper: "The Effects of Earnings Disclosure on College Enrollment Decisions" with Christopher Neilson and Seth Zimmerman. Download National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper #21300 here.

    May 2015:
    New paper published in the American Economic Review (Papers and Proceedings). "Connecting Student Loans to Labor Market Outcomes: Policy Lessons from Chile" with Harald Beyer, Christopher Neilson and Seth Zimmerman. Download here.

    September 2014:
    New draft: "Are Some Degrees Worth More Than Others? Evidence from College Admission Cutoffs in Chile" with Christopher Neilson and Seth Zimmerman. Download National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper 19241 here.

  • Pipeline
    • “Information versus Impatience in Savings for Retirement: Field Experimental Evidence from Mexico’s Privatized Pension Program.”
    • "Peer Effects in the Classroom: Identifying Spillovers from the Staggering of SNAP," with Margarita Machellet and Lindsey Wilson.
    • "The Effect of SNAP Receipt on Shopping Behavior: Insights into the Fungibility of Money" with Jesse Shapiro.