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Lauren Jones

Assistant Professor, Department of Human Sciences
Associate Professor, Department of Human Sciences

Program Area: Consumer Sciences

(614) 688-1374

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Lauren Jones is an assistant professor of Consumer Sciences in the Department of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University.  Before arriving at Ohio State, Dr. Jones completed a post-doc at the University of Toronto and earned her PhD from the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. Dr. Jones conducts quantitative, policy-based research on child and family wellbeing, especially in the areas of consumer protection, social policy and health. Broadly, her interests lie in understanding factors that affect the ability of children and families to flourish, and how government policy can help families get ahead. Her recent work has focused on identifying the effects of the EITC on household finances, the effects of protective legislation on car crashes and deaths, and the causes and consequences of prescription drug use. Dr. Jones is published in top journals such as the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, the Journal of Health Economics, and the Journal of Applied Econometrics, and her work has been covered in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and the New York Times


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

  • MS, Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, 2009

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

Research Interests


  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management 40 for 40 fellowship honoring outstanding early career researchers, 2018
  • Raymond Vernon Memorial Prize for best paper published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2017