Melissa S. Kearney's research focuses on issues of social policy, poverty, and inequality. She is particularly interested in the effect of government programs and economic conditions on the behaviors and outcomes of economically disadvantaged populations. She also has research interests in household decision-making with regard to risk and uncertainty, saving, and gambling. She is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Director of the Hamilton Project. She is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Professor Kearney received her PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2002 and her BA from Princeton University in 1996. She studied on a National Science Graduate Research Fellowship and a Harry S Truman Scholarship.

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