Research Expertise and Interest
poverty, inequality, economic policy, Social Safety Net, labor economics, public economics, Food Insecurity, COVID-19
Hilary Hoynes is a Professor of Public Policy and Economics, Haas Distinguished Chair of Economic Disparities. Hoynes is an economist and specializes in the study of poverty, inequality, and the impacts of government tax and transfer programs on low income families. Current projects include evaluating the effects of the access to the social safety net in early life on later life health and human capital outcomes and examining the effects of the COVID-19 economic crisis on food insecurity and the role of the safety net in mitigating income losses. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Social Insurance, and a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists. She has served as Co-Editor of the American Economic Review and the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. She currently serves on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Building an Agenda to Reduce the Number of Children in Poverty by Half in 10 Years. Previously, she was a member of the American Economic Association’s Executive Committee and the Federal Commission on Evidence-Based Policy Making. Hoynes received her PhD in Economics from Stanford in 1992 and her undergraduate degree in Economics and Mathematics from Colby College in 1983.