Dmitry Taubinsky applies insights from behavioral economics to questions about public policy, using a combination of theory, experiments, and observational data. He studies topics such as people's (in)attention to not-fully-salient taxes; (mis)understanding of tax incentives such as those present in the income tax code; energy policy for consumers inattentive to the energy costs of durables; optimal "sin taxes" on sugary drinks; the welfare effects of social recognition; financial decision-making by low income populations such as payday loan borrowers; and policies aimed at improving savings decisions.
Research Expertise and Interest
behavioral economics, tax policy, soda taxes, payday loans, household consumption and portfolio choice, energy policy, health
February 16, 2021
Five UC Berkeley assistant professors have been awarded 2021 Sloan Research Fellowships, which are one of the most competitive and prestigious awards available to early career researchers.