Hilary Hoynes

Professor of Public Policy and Economics
Haas Distinguished Chair in Economic Disparities


Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy
University of California, Berkeley

Hilary Hoynes

Hilary Hoynes is a Professor of Economics and Public Policy and holds the Haas Distinguished Chair in Economic Disparities at the University of California Berkeley. Hoynes specializes in the study of poverty, inequality, food and nutrition programs, and the impacts of government tax and transfer programs on low income families. Current projects include evaluating the effects of the access to the social safety net in early life on later life health and human capital outcomes, examining the effects of the Great Recession on poverty and the role of the safety net in mitigating income losses, and estimating the impact of Head Start on cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes.

Hilary Hoynes's Research Interests

  • Effects of social safety net on labor supply, family and child well-being
  • Inequality, poverty and economic cycles
  • Food and nutrition programs

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