Hilary Hoynes

University of California, Berkeley

Hilary Hoynes (PhD, Economics, Stanford University) is a professor of public policy and economics at the Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to her appointment at GSPP, she holds the Haas Distinguished Chair in Economic Disparities and  co-directs the Berkeley Opportunity Lab. Dr. Hoynes’ research focuses on poverty, inequality, food and nutrition programs, and the impacts of government tax and transfer programs on low-income families. She is particularly interested in studying the social safety net in the United States and understanding how access to the social safety net in early life affects children’s later life, health, and human capital outcomes. Dr. Hoynes is a member of the American Academy of Art and Sciences, the National Academy of Social Insurance, and a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists. She has served as co-editor of the American Economic Review and the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy and is on the editorial board of the American Economic Review: Insights. She served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Building an Agenda to Reduce the Number of Children in Poverty by Half in 10 Years, the State of California Task Force on Lifting Children and Families out of Poverty, and the Federal Commission on Evidence-Based Policy Making. In 2014, Dr. Hoynes received the Carolyn Shaw Bell Award from the Committee on the Status of the Economics Profession of the American Economic Association. Dr. Hoynes co-facilitated the discussion of the “Return to Work” presentation at Lessons from SSA Demonstrations: A State of the Science Meeting.

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