Manasi Deshpande studies public finance and labor economics, with a focus on social insurance and public assistance programs. She will spend a year at the Institute as a postdoctoral research fellow before beginning her position as an assistant professor in the economics department at the University of Chicago in the fall of 2016. She is also a postdoctoral fellow in Disability Policy Research at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Deshpande’s research interests include the effects of social insurance and public assistance programs on consumption, health, and well being, and the interaction between these programs and labor markets. Her dissertation work studied the long-term effects of welfare programs on the labor market outcomes of children in adulthood and on household labor supply and disability receipt.
Deshpande was previously a pre-doctoral fellow in Health & Aging and Disability Policy Research at the NBER and received the Harry S. Truman Scholarship and the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. She recently served on the Social Security Advisory Board’s Disability Policy Advisory Panel. Prior to graduate school, she was a policy advisor at the White House National Economic Council and a research assistant at The Hamilton Project at Brookings.
Deshpande received a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2015. She holds a B.A. in economics, mathematics, and humanities from the University of Texas at Austin.