Academic Collaborators

About the Academic Collaborators

Philip-Oreopoulos-Photo-1.jpg Philip Oreopoulos is a Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Toronto.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, at Berkeley and his M.A. from the University of British Columbia. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and Research Fellow at the Canadian Institute For Advanced Research.  He has held a previous visiting appointment at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is editor at the Journal of Labor Economics.  Dr. Oreopoulos’ current work focuses on education policy, especially the application of behavioral economics to education and child development.  He often examines this field by initiating and implementing large-scale field experiments, with the goal of producing convincing evidence for public policy decisions.
L Gennetian head shot.JPG Lisa Gennetian’s current research on the lives of income poor families and children focuses on the influence of unstable income on family and child well-being, the income and employment experiences among Hispanic households and the implications for income-poor Hispanic children, and the ways in which insights from behavioral economics can improve the design of social policies and programs. Her empirical work exploits a variety of quasi- and related experimental methodological approaches to identify causal impacts. Dr. Gennetian also engages in many primary research studies, that often include tests of programs and policies in practice, serving as Principal Investigator on large federally funded initiatives such as the National Study of Early Care and Education; the Moving to Opportunity housing voucher and neighborhood poverty study; and, the Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency project piloting behavioral economic approaches in social programs. She is currently collaborating with social- and neuroscientists to launch an experimental study to understand the impact of unconditional cash transfers, or enhanced income, on the early brain structure and brain function of very low income infants and toddlers.
sebastiangallegos2_0.jpg Sebastian Gallegos is a Senior Research Fellow at the BIP Lab. He earned his Ph.D. in Public Policy at The University of Chicago and is now a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University's Department of Economics. His areas of interest include the economics of education, labor economics and behavioral economics. Previously, Sebastian was full-time economics lecturer at the Center of Applied Economics, Universidad de Chile and advisor/researcher at the Ministry of Education, Government of Chile.