ALEX REES-JONES

Associate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research

Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute



Alex Rees-Jones is an Associate Professor in the Business Economics and Public Policy Department at Wharton, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute. At Wharton, Alex teaches an introductory course on Public Finance and Policy to the undergraduates and MBAs. He also teaches a PhD-level course on policy applications of behavioral economics.

In his research, Alex explores the ways in which psychological biases and imperfect cognition affect economic policy analysis. A major topic area of interest is public finance, examining how citizen’s imperfect responses to tax incentives affect the assessment of tax policy. Another line of research explores similar forces in market design, examining how market participants’ imperfect understanding of assignment procedures affects the outcomes that these markets determine.


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Policy Briefs




Archived Working Papers


COVID-19 Changed Tastes for Safety-Net Programs
with John D'Attoma, Amedeo Piolatto, and Luca Salvadori
A significantly revised version was published as "Experience of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Support for Safety-Net Expansion."
[NBER WP] [Web Appendix]

Loss Aversion Motivates Tax Sheltering: Evidence from U.S. Tax Returns
A significantly revised version was published as "Quantifying Loss-Averse Tax Manipulation."
[SSRN WP] [Web Appendix]

Do People Seek to Maximize Happiness? Evidence from New Surveys
with Daniel Benjamin, Ori Heffetz, and Miles Kimball
A significantly revised version was published as "What Do You Think Would Make You Happier? What Do You Think You Would Choose?"
[NBER WP] [Web Appendix]