Jeremy Burke

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Director, RAND Behavioral Finance (BeFi) Forum; Associate Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Washington Office


Ph.D. in economics, Duke University; B.A. in mathematics, University of Virginia


Jeremy Burke is the director of the RAND Behavioral Finance (BeFi) Forum, an associate economist at RAND, and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His main field of research is information economics, with a particular focus on how people gather and use information to make economic, financial, and housing decisions. In recent work he has examined the impact of financial literacy and social acceptance on the decision to strategically default on one's mortgage; whether financial literacy and financial decision making can be improved by providing information sequentially rather than all at once; and how reliance on financial advice (particularly biased advice) is influenced by financial literacy.

Selected Publications

Jeremy Burke, Curtis Taylor and Liad Wagman, "Information Acquisition in Competitive Markets: An Application to the US Mortgage Market," American Economic Journal: Microeconomics (forthcoming)

Jeremy Burke, "Primetime Spin: Media Bias and Belief Confirming Information," Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, 17(3):633‐665, 2008

Jeremy Burke and Curtis Taylor, "What's in a Poll? Incentives for Truthful Reporting in Pre-Election Opinion Surveys," Public Choice, 137(1):221-244, 2008