Manasi Deshpande

The University of Chicago

Manasi Deshpande (PhD, Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is an assistant professor of economics at The University of Chicago. She is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and was previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at NBER and the Becker-Friedman Institute (2015-2016). Dr. Deshpande served as a policy advisor to the White House National Economic Council and was a panel member for the Social Security Advisory Board’s 2014 Disability Policy Advisory Panel. She was elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance in 2018. Dr. Deshpande’s dissertation “Essays on the Effects of Disability Insurance” won the NASI John A. Heinz Dissertation Award (2016), the Upjohn Institute Dissertation Award (2015), and the APPAM Ph.D. Dissertation Award (2015). She has served as a referee for many journals, including: American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economics and Statistics, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of the European Economic Association, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Journal: Policy, B.E. Journal of Economics Analysis & Policy, and Health Economics. Dr. Deshpande’s research includes empirical public finance and labor economics, with a focus on the effects of social insurance and public assistance programs and their interaction with labor markets. Dr. Deshpande co-facilitated the discussion of the “Youth Transition” presentation at Lessons Learned from SSA Demonstrations: A State of the Science Meeting.

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