Lauren Jones

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Program Area: Consumer Sciences

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Lauren Jones is an associate professor of Consumer Sciences in the Department of Human Sciences, and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State 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. 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. She has also consulted with the governments of Wyoming and British Columbia on applied research projects.

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

  • MS, Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, 2009

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

Research Interests


  • Harry Johnson Prize for best paper published in the Canadian Journal of Economics, 2020
  • American Council on Consumer Interests, Consumer Movement Archives Applied Consumer Economics Award for Best Student Paper, 2019
  • 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