Alex Rees-Jones

Alex Rees-Jones
  • Associate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    Office 328, 3rd Floor, Vance Hall
    3733 Spruce Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104-6372

Overview

I am a behavioral economist working to better understand how to integrate psychology into economic policy analysis. My research is mostly focused on exploring how to best model individuals who are responding to a policy’s incentives in psychologically biased ways, particularly in the contexts of tax systems and assignment mechanisms.

For more information about my research, please visit my personal website.

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Teaching

Current Courses

  • BEPP201 - Public Finance & Policy

    This course explores the economics and politics of public policy to provide an analytic framework for considering why, how, and with what success/failure government intervenes in a variety of policy areas. Particular attention will be paid to important policy issues relating to taxation, social security, low-income assistance, health insurance, education (both K-12 and higher ed), the environment, and government deficits. The costs and benefits of alternative policies will be explored along with the distribution of responsibilities between the federal, state and local governments. While the course will focus primarily on U.S. policies, the topics covered (e.g. tax reform, deficits versus austerity, etc.) are currently at the center of the policy debate in many other industrialized countries as well.

    BEPP201401 ( Syllabus )

  • BEPP770 - Public Finance & Policy

    This course explores the economics and politics of public policy to provide an analytic framework for considering why, how, and with what success/failure government intervenes in a variety of policy areas. Particular attention will be paid to important policy issues relating to taxation, social security, low-income assistance, health insurance, education (both K-12 and higher ed), the environment, and government deficits. The costs and benefits of alternative policies will be explored along with the distribution of responsibilities between the federal, state, and local governments. While the course will focus primarily on U.S. policies, the topics covered (e.g. tax reform, deficits versus austerity, etc.) are currently at the center of the policy debate in many other industrialized countries as well.

    BEPP770401 ( Syllabus )

  • BEPP900 - Research Seminar

    Of the many ways that doctoral students typically learn how to do research, two that are important are watching others give seminar presentations (as in Applied Economics Seminars) and presenting one's own research. The BEPP 900 course provides a venue for the latter. Wharton doctoral students enrolled in this course present applied economics research. Presentations both of papers assigned for other classes and of research leading toward a dissertation are appropriate in BEPP 900. This course aims to help students further develop a hands-on understanding of the research process. All doctoral students with applied microeconomic interests are encouraged to attend and present. Second and third year Applied Economic Ph.D. students are required to enroll in BEPP 900 and receive one-semester credit per year of participation.

    BEPP900301

    BEPP900302

Activity

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