Faculty Directors

Opportunity Lab directors hold appointments in a range of departments across the

University of California, Berkeley campus.

 

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HILARY HOYNES

Professor of Public Policy and Economics, Haas Distinguished Chair in Economic Disparities

Hilary Hoynes is Co-Director of O-Lab, Professor of Public Policy and Economics and holds the Haas Distinguished Chair in Economic Disparities. She is the co-editor of the leading journal in economics, American Economic Review. Hoynes received her undergraduate degree from Colby College and her PhD from Stanford University in 1992. In addition to her faculty appointment, Hoynes has research affiliations at the National Bureau of Economic Research, the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research and the Institute for Fiscal Studies. She sits on the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program and the Advisory Committee for the National Science Foundation, Directorate for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences.

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BEN HANDEL

Associate Professor of Economics, Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research

Ben Handel is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley and Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He is a 2015 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Economics and participated in the 2010 Review of Economics Studies European Tour. His research focuses on the microeconomics of consumer choice and market structure in the health care sector, with an emphasis on health insurance markets. His most recent research has emphasized the important role that consumer choice frictions, such as inertia and limited information, can have when assessing the welfare outcomes of different regulatory policies in health insurance markets. In addition, his work studies incentive design and adoption of information technology by medical providers. Dr. Handel has partnered with a range of large firms and policy organizations in the health care sector to study questions in these areas. He completed his Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University in 2010, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2011. He received an A.B. in economics from Princeton University in 2004.

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JESSE ROTHSTEIN

Professor of Public Policy and Economics, Director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment

Jesse Rothstein is Co-Director of O-Lab, Professor of Public Policy and Economics, and Director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. He joined the Berkeley faculty in 2009, and spent the 2009-10 academic year in public service, first as Senior Economist at the U.S. Council of Economic Advisers and then as Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor. Earlier, he was assistant professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley in 2003. His research focuses on education policy and the labor market, and particularly on the way that educational and other institutions promote or hinder opportunity for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.