Alex Rees-Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Operations, Information, and Decisions Department at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His research is focused on integrating psychological biases into economic policy analysis, particularly in the contexts of taxation and market design.
Professor Rees-Jones conducted his studies at Cornell University, where he received a PhD in Economics and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Mathematics. Prior to coming to Wharton, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He remains a faculty research fellow at NBER and is a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s 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.