Welcome to my website. I am an Associate Professor with tenure in the Economics Department at Brown University, resident fellow at Yale University ISPS, and a Research Associate at the NBER. My primary research interests span Industrial Organization and Public Economics: consumer behavior, interactions with firm strategy and the implication for public policy design. Research topics I study include how parents choose schools and the ramifications for public school choice, how workers make retirement investments and the implications for social security privatization, the impact of income shocks on consumption, and the importance of information and decision making costs among low-income households. My research employs diverse empirical techniques from field experiments to structural estimation to examine policy-relevant questions in economics.
For information on Dr. Hastings' publications and projects, please visit www.justinehastings.com.