Andrew Caplin

Silver Prof. Economics, New York University

Director, Scientific Agenda, the HUMAN Project 

PI, Vanguard Research Initiative 

Co-Director, NBER Behavioral Macro. Group 

Co-Director, NYU CESS (Experimental Soc. Sci.)

New and upcoming as of October 2016:

1. The Economics of Attention:

  1. Measuring and Modeling Attention, Annual Review of Economics, 2016
  2. Rationally Inattentive Behavior: Characterizing and Generalizing Shannon Entropy, with Mark Dean and John Leahy

2. The Economics of Aging:

  1. Long-Term Care Utility and Late in Life Savings, with John Ameriks, Joseph Briggs, Matthew Shapiro, and Christopher Tonetti
  2. Late in Life Risks and the Under-Insurance Puzzle, with John Ameriks, Joseph Briggs, Matthew Shapiro, and Christopher Tonetti
  3. Measuring and Modeling Intergenerational Links in Relation to Long-Term Care, with Mi Luo and Kathleen McGarry, forthcoming Economic Inquiry

3. Genes, Environment, and Health:

  1. Smoking, Genes, and Health, with Dan Benjamin, David Cesarini, Kevin Thom, and Patrick Turley
  2. Atmospheric Inversions, Pollution, and Health, with Masoud Ghandehari and Ari Patrinos

The papers involve complementary expansions in theory and data. As an “Economic Data Engineer”, I design new measurements to better understand behavior. Broad themes in earlier research that led me in this direction are linked to below:

  • Strategic Survey Questions with John Ameriks, Joseph Briggs, Matthew Shapiro, Christopher Tonetti, Minjoon Lee and Mi Luo.

The research section to the right lists my papers by subject area (CV). On the policy front, I made proposals for housing finance reform on which I testified to Congress. The recent crisis, having been wasted, will be repeated, just as the crash of space shuttle Columbia followed that of Challenger. Maybe the next crisis will provoke genuine reform.