Jeremy Burke

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Jeremy Burke

Jeremy Burke

Research Scientist

University of Southern California

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Jeremy Burke is an economist and Research Scientist at the University of Southern California's Center for Economic and Social Research. Previously, Jeremy worked at the RAND Corporation as director of RAND's Behavioral Finance Forum, associate director of RAND's Center for Financial and Economic Decision Making, and a professor in the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His main fields of research are information and behavioral economics, with a particular focus on how people gather and use information to make economic and financial decisions. Jeremy has led multiple field experiments leveraging behavioral principles to help consumers build savings (with soft-commitment mechanisms), reduce debt (with lottery linked incentives), and build credit (with behavioral nudges).

In previous research he has examined the impact of financial literacy and social acceptance on the decision to strategically default on one's mortgage; whether financial literacy and financial decisionmaking can be improved by providing information sequentially rather than all at once; and how reliance on financial advice (particularly biased advice) is influenced by financial literacy.

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