Julian Jamison


Julian Jamison, Senior Economist, World Bank (GINI) and IPA

Julian C. Jamison is a behavioral economist whose research uses theoretical modeling, laboratory experiments, and field experiments to explore individual preferences and information, as well as how those attributes influence behaviors and outcomes. For instance, he has analyzed how risk tolerance and patience affect disparate constructs such as sexual behavior and entrepreneurial success. He is particularly interested in the methodological issues surrounding the notion of utility or subjective well-being, as well as the degree to which both individuals and societies either succeed or fail to maximize along this dimension. Julian is currently a Senior Economist at the Global INsights Initiative (GINI) of the World Bank, as well as a Research Associate at Innovations for Poverty Action. His research has appeared in academic journals ranging across disciplines from economics to information technology to linguistics to medicine to mathematics to philosophy, as well as online at the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Foreign Policy, Bloomberg, Forbes, Foreign Affairs, and elsewhere. Previous professional affiliations include Northwestern Kellogg, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in addition to teaching courses at Yale and Harvard. Julian holds BS and MS degrees in mathematics from Caltech and a PhD in economics from MIT. Travel for work and leisure has taken him to over 70 countries worldwide, including South Sudan, Moldova, Vanuatu, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, and Liberia.


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