Dissertation Project

Designing Policy Feedback: 
Experimental Evidence on the Everyday Politics of the Social Contract                

For most of history, people had only infrequent personal contacts with their governments. In contrast, the modern social contract generates myriad interactions between citizens and the state, in the form of publicly-funded benefits and taxation. By conducting randomized control trials, survey experiments and field work in the US, Sweden and Australia, I examine how the design of public policies can shape interactions that promote, or undermine, trust in government. Whereas most research links attitudinal outcomes to the content of policies, I argue that seemingly innocuous design features shaping policy experiences can have outsized impacts.

Select Working Papers

Benefits of Design: A Field Experiment on the Effects of Shifting Burdens from Citizens to a Bank

Tax Filing and Policy Feedback in the US and Sweden: Internet Search, Headlines and a Survey Experiment

Credit Where Due? Theory and Evidence on How the Design of Policy Experiences Shapes Attitudes Toward Government

Feeling Taxed? Experiments on the Everyday Salience of the Costs of Government

Select Work in Progress

Fiscal and Political Effects of Simplifying Tax Filing: A Field Experiment with a National Tax Agency

Improving Financial Well-Being for Vulnerable Australians

(with Michael Hiscox, AEA RCT Registry)

Experiences at the DMV: Quantifying the Eye Roll

(with Elizabeth Linos)

Mental Health Externalities in Sweden

(with Ziad Obermeyer and David Yanagizawa-Drott)