Jeremy Burke

Associate Director, RAND Center for Financial and Economic Decision Making (CFED); Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in economics, Duke University; B.A. in mathematics, University of Virginia


Jeremy Burke is an economist at the RAND Corporation, associate director of RAND's Center for Financial and Economic Decision Making, and a professor in the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His main fields of research are information and behavioral economics, with a particular focus on how people gather and use information to make economic and financial decisions. Currently, he is leading multiple field experiments leveraging behavioral principles to help consumers build savings (with soft-commitment mechanisms), reduce debt (with lottery linked incentives), and build credit (with behavioral nudges). In other research he is examining how automatic enrollment influences cash-out decisions at job separation, the efficacy of socially annotated and modular disclosure in improving investment decisions, the prevalence and impacts of conflicts of interests in financial advice markets, and whether nudges received in advance can help indebted consumers leverage tax refunds to reduce their debt burdens.

Pardee RAND Graduate School Courses

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


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    You're Never Too Young to Plan for Retirement

    Saving early for retirement is critical, but it's also important to stay on track during job changes. Younger workers tend to change jobs often, and if they cash out of their plans with each position, that can affect their long-term savings.

    Sep 2, 2016 The RAND Blog