Department of Economics and the College
Manasi Deshpande studies the design of social insurance and public assistance programs, their effects on recipients and society, and their interaction with labor markets. Her research interests include empirical public finance and labor economics, with a focus on the social safety net.
Deshpande’s dissertation on the long-term effects of disability programs received the 2015 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management PhD Dissertation Award, which honors emergent scholars in the field of public policy and management. It also garnered the 2015 W. E. Upjohn Institute Dissertation Award, as well as the 2016 National Academy of Social Insurance John Heinz Dissertation Award.
Deshpande earned a BA with highest honors in economics, mathematics, and Plan II Honors (humanities) from the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics at the University of Chicago. She also served as a policy advisor at the White House National Economic Council and as a research assistant at the Hamilton Project at Brookings.