Harris School of Public Policy Studies
Damon Jones conducts research where three fields within economics intersect: public finance, household finance, and behavioral economics. Public finance is the field of economics that analyzes government taxation and spending, using models of choice to predict the effects of policy and economic notions of well-being to measure the policy’s benefit or harm to consumers. Household finance focuses on the financial decisions—saving, borrowing, and insurance—at the household level. Behavioral economics uses insights from psychology and empirical evidence to explore the ways in which human behavior deviates from the neoclassical model of consumer decision-making.
A faculty research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research (2010), Jones was a postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research from 2009 to 2010.
Jones received his PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2009. He also holds a BA in public policy with a minor in African and African American studies from Stanford University, which he received in 2003.
Jones joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2010.