Alex Rees-Jones, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Business Economics and Public Policy Department at Wharton. At Wharton, Dr. Rees-Jones teaches an introductory course on Public Finance and Policy to the undergraduates and MBA candidates. He also teaches a PhD-level course on the integration of behavioral economics into other core economic fields. In addition to his position as a professor, Dr. Rees-Jones is Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
In his research, Dr. Rees-Jones explores the ways in which psychological biases and imperfect cognition affect economic policy analysis. A major topic area of interest is public finance, specifically examining how citizens’ imperfect response to tax incentives affect the assessment of tax policy. More recent work has examined similar forces affecting market design, specifically examining how market participants’ imperfect understanding of assignment procedures affect the outcomes that the markets determine. Prior to coming to Wharton, he received a PhD in Economics from Cornell University, and then completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health and Aging at the National Bureau of Economic Research.