Associate Professor Damon Jones

Damon Jones, associate professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, recently began a year-long term as a Senior Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), which advises the President of the United States on a wide range of economic policies. The CEA is chaired by Cecilia Elena Rouse.

Jones joins a distinguished group of Harris Public Policy faculty members who have served in roles with the Council of Economic Advisers, including Katherine Baicker, Peter Ganong, Michael Greenstone, Tomas J. Philipson, and Paula Worthington, as well as the late Robert LaLonde.

Jones has taught at UChicago since 2010, where he specializes in public finance and household finance. Recent work has included an analysis of workplace wellness programs; a study of the Alaska Permanent Fund, which provides insights about the effects of guaranteed basic income policies on the workforce; and research with Assistant Professor Peter Ganong on the impacts of income shocks on marginalized communities.

He received his PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and also holds a BA in Public Policy with a minor in African and African-American Studies from Stanford University, which he received in 2003.

Jones serves as an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and on the board of editors of the American Economic Journal. He has affiliations with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL); Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group; Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago; and the Population Research Center, NORC at the University of Chicago. He is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Jones also served on the Chicago Resilient Families Task Force.