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Lauren Jones

Assistant Professor, Department of Human Sciences

Program Area: Consumer Sciences

(614) 688-1374

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Lauren Jones is an assistant professor of consumer science in the Department of Human Sciences, and an extension state specialist in Family and Consumer Sciences at The Ohio State University.  She joined the faculty in 2015. She conducts quantitative, policy-based research on child and family well-being, especially in the areas of health and household economics.  In particular, Jones is interested in policies that impact family financial decisions-making, child health and mental health and child development. 

Her work has been featured in high-quality academic journals, such as the Journal of Health Economics and the Journal of Applied Econometrics, selective conferences, and the media. Before joining Ohio State, Jones completed a post-doctoral fellowship in inequality and social mobility at the Martin Prosperity Institute at University of Toronto. In 2014, Lauren completed her PhD in Policy Analysis at Cornell University.


  • PhD, Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University, 2014

  • MS, Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, 2009

  • BA, Honors, Philosophy, University of Toronto, 2005

Research Interests

Research Summary

In one line of work, Jones investigates how policy and consumer regulation impacts how families make financial decisions, such as use of credit cards. Currently,  she is working on projects that aim to evaluate how families spend the money they receive from tax benefits, and how different features of such policies impact household financial decision-making. 

In another line of work, Jones investigates policies that impact child health and development.  Presently, she is working on projects that investigate how ADHD and other child mental health conditions impact long-term outcomes and how policy can help or harm. Jones is also interested in the determinants of mental health conditions in children. 

Selected Publications

  1. Jones, L.E., C. Loibl, and S. Tennyson. (Forthcoming) The effects of CARD Act disclosures on consumers’ use of credit cards. Journal of Economic Psychology. doi: 10.1016/j.joep.2015.06.009
  2. Jones, L.E. and N. Ziebarth. (Forthcoming) Successful scientific replication and extension of Levitt (2008): Child seats are still no safer and improper use is life threatening. Journal of Applied Econometrics. doi: 10.1002/jae.2449
  3. Currie, J., M. Stabile, and L.E. Jones (2014). Do stimulant medications improve educational and behavioral outcomes for children with ADHD? NBER working paper 19105. Journal of Health Economics, 37:58-69. doi: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2014.05.002