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Lauren Jones

Associate Professor

Dr. Lauren Jones conducts quantitative, policy-based research on child and family well-being, especially in the areas of health and social policy and household economics. Her interests lie in understanding what factors impact the ability of children and families to flourish, and how government policy can help families get ahead. Her research is unified by its focus on low-income families, children and other vulnerable populations.

In one line of work, Jones studies cash and in-kind transfer policies targeted at families with children. She explores how family tax credits – such as the Canadian Child Benefit and the Earned Income Tax Credit – affect household spending and financial decisions. She also explores how these programs affect long-term health and educational outcomes for both parents and children.

In another line of work, Jones investigates how individual and household health behaviors and outcomes – especially risky health behaviors – are impacted by policy. She has explored the effectiveness of traffic safety legislation on child restraint use, and questions surrounding prescription drug use and misuse. In ongoing work on the Affordable Care Act, Jones is exploring how families adjusted spending and housing decisions in response to gaining health insurance.

Her work has been featured in high-quality academic journals, such as the Journal of Health Economics and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, selective conferences and the media. Before joining Ohio State, Jones completed a post-doctoral fellowship in inequality and social mobility at the Martin Prosperity Institute at University of Toronto. In 2014, she completed her doctorate in policy analysis at Cornell University.

 

Portable Innovation, Policy Wormholes, and Innovation Diffusion
Environmental Policy and Management
August 07, 2019
This article explores the effects of city managers' career paths on the diffusion of climate policy innovation among municipal governments in the United States.
The COVID-19 Pandemic and Student Achievement on Ohio’s Third-Grade English Language Arts Assessment
COVID-19
January 27, 2021
This report draws on data from the fall administration of Ohio’s annual Third-Grade English Language Arts assessment to examine how the COVID pandemic has affected student learning in the state.
Whatever it Takes: Sexual Harassment in the Context of Resource Dependence
Social Policy
March 09, 2021
Research suggests powerful resource dependencies are present in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Glenn College Releases Review of Columbus Response to 2020 Protests
Civic Engagement, Advocacy and Volunteerism
April 26, 2021
In July 2020, Columbus City leaders commissioned an independent, outside after-action review of the City’s response to protests that took place last summer. Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs were named the lead investigative team.
Resilience Decision Making in Repeated Disasters
Public Finance and Budgeting
June 07, 2021
The research, published in Environment Systems and Decisions Journal, examines resilience decision making in the context of repeated catastrophic events.
Maximizing the Efficiency of Active Case Finding for SARS-CoV-2 Using Bandit Algorithms
COVID-19
June 14, 2021
Using bandit algorithms, the authors of a paper in Medical Decision Making present and test an approach for finding otherwise undetected cases of COVID-19 before they lead to a widespread outbreak.
Not All High-Growth Firms Are Alike: Capturing and Tagging Ohio’s Gazelles
Economics
June 29, 2021
In this study, published in Economic Development Quarterly, the authors present a statistically valid typology of high-growth firms, also known as gazelles, to determine if payroll and job growth patterns differ between groups or clusters.
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Student Learning in Ohio
COVID-19
August 27, 2021
Analysis of Spring 2021 Ohio State Tests
Informational Determinants of Large-area Hurricane Evacuations
Environmental Policy and Management
August 30, 2021
This study, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, presents an experimental design that overcomes the counterfactual problem present in all prior published experiments by relying on an actual storm with a known outcome.