Manasi DeshpandeThe Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics is pleased to announce that Manasi Deshpande has been awarded the National Science Foundation CAREER grant, the organization's most prestigious junior faculty award. The CAREER grant supports early-career faculty who "exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through [their] outstanding research, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations."

Deshpande, whose recent work has focused on empirical public finance and labor economics, effects of social insurance, and public assistance programs and labor markets, will be Principal Investigator on the grant entitled, “CAREER – Optimal Design of Disability Programs.”

The goal of the proposed research is to use economic theory and experimental methods to study the best ways to design effective disability programs through three projects: 1) Using experimental methods, investigate how expectations about the availability of disability benefits in adulthood affects investment in human capital in childhood. 2) Using administrative and survey data, investigate whether disability programs insure against health related and non-health related consumption shocks. 3) Study the spillover effects of disability programs to non-recipients. This research will help improve the design and implementation of disability programs and establish the US as the global leader in disability programs.

Deshpande joined the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics faculty in 2016.


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