Jeremy Burke

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Director, RAND Behavioral Finance (BeFi) Forum; Associate Director, RAND Center for Financial and Economic Decision-making (CFED); Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Washington Office

Education

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

Overview

Jeremy Burke is an economist at the RAND Corporation, director of RAND's Behavioral Finance Forum, 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 previous research 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 decisionmaking 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

Publications