Alex Rees-Jones is an Assistant Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the use of psychological data and models in economic applications. For example, in one line of research, he studies how models of loss aversion can be used to understand our response to taxation and other economic field applications. His work also involves researching happiness and “subjective well-being” data, with a focus on how this data can facilitate analysis of choice behavior.
Prior to coming to Wharton, Professor Rees-Jones worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.
- PhD, Economics, Cornell University, 2013
- BA, Economics and Mathematics, Cornell Unviersity, 2008
Assistant Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions
Operations, Information and Decisions
In the News
- Happiness Reveals a Lot about Our Choices — but It Isn’t Everything, Knowledge@Wharton - 12/19/2014
- Maximising Happiness Does Not Maximse Welfare, Vox - 10/15/2014
- Study Shows Taxpayers with Balance Due More Likely to Cheat, Forbes.com - 10/17/2013
- The Joyless or the Jobless, The Economist - 11/25/2010
A Rees-Jones, D Taubinsky (2016). Tax Psychology and the Timing of Charitable-Giving Deadlines, The Urban Institute.
A Rees-Jones, D Taubinsky (2016). Attention Variation and Welfare: Theory and Evidence from a Tax Salience Experiment, Natural Field Experiments.
A Rees-Jones (2014). Loss Aversion Motivates Tax Sheltering: Evidence From U.S. Tax Returns, The Wharton School.
Benjamin, Daniel J.; Heffetz, Ori; Kimball, Miles S.; Rees-Jones, Alex (2014). Can Marginal Rates of Substitution Be Inferred from Happiness Data? Evidence from Residency Choices, The American Economic Review, 104(11), 3498-3528.