Jason Kerwin

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Jason Kerwin

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  • Fields of Study
    • Development
  • About

    Jason Kerwin is a Ph.D. candidate in economics at the University of Michigan with interests in development economics, labor economics, applied econometrics, and economic epidemiology.  His research focuses on using randomized trials in developing countries to address first-order questions about decisionmaking behavior, while at the same time generating results that are valuable to local policymakers. His completed papers include a re-evaluation the role of risk compensation in HIV epidemics, and a study of how the temporal composition of income affects people's ability to achieve their savings goals. His ongoing work includes a study of the effects of an early childhood literacy program on educational outcomes and on the way people make investments in education, and research on how people form social ties at the workplace and how those friendships affect their productivity. Prior to starting his Ph.D., Mr. Kerwin received a BS in physics, a BA in international relations, and an MA in international policy studies from Stanford University.

    Dissertation Abstract

    The Effect of HIV Risk Beliefs on Risky Sexual Behavior: Scared Straight or Scared to Death? — Job Market Paper


    Rebecca Thornton
    Department of Economics
    University of Michigan

    Jeffrey Smith
    Department of Economics
    University of Michigan

    David Lam
    Department of Economics
    University of Michigan

    John DiNardo
    Ford School of Public Policy
    Department of Economics
    University of Michigan

    Jeremy Fox
    (Teaching Reference)
    Department of Economics
    University of Michigan


  • Education
    • M.A. in Economics, University of Michigan (2011)
      M.A. in International Policy Studies, Stanford University (2007)
      B.S. in Physics, Stanford University (2007)
      B.A. in International Relations, Stanford University (2007)