Laura Kawano

Research Affiliate, University of Michigan

Laura Kawano is a Research Affiliate at the Office of Tax Policy Research in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Her research concerns the effects of public policies on individual and firm choices. Her work spans topics such as the effect of capital income taxes on household portfolio choices, the returns to incentives for higher education, and the responses of individuals and firms to income tax changes. In other work, she has examined the long-run impacts of negative income shocks stemming from unemployment spells and natural disasters. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Occidental College and received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2010. Dr. Kawano was previously a financial economist in the Business and International Tax Division at the U.S. Department of Treasury and held a visiting appointment in the Business Economic and Public Policy Department at the Wharton School.