Professor Jonathan Zinman Appointed to Endowed Professorship

Jonathan Zinman, a professor of Economics at Dartmouth College, has been appointed the R. Stephen Cheheyl Professor of Economics. Jon is an Academic Lead for the Global Financial Inclusion Initiative of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), and a co-founder of IPA’s U.S. Finance Initiative. He is also a research affiliate/associate of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and ideas42.

“This appointment as a named chair acknowledges Jon’s outstanding research contributions in behavioral economics,” says Professor Nina Pavcnik, chair of the department of Economics. 

Professor Zinman’s research focuses on household finance and behavioral economics. He has papers published in several top journals in economics, finance, law, and general-interest science, and his work has been featured extensively in popular and trade media as well. Professor Zinman applies his research by working with policymakers and practitioners around the globe. He has served on the inaugural Consumer Advisory Board of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Consumer Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve Board, as a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and as a Community Development Research Advisory Council member for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He also works directly with financial service providers, ranging from startups to nonprofits to publicly-traded companies, to develop and test innovations that are beneficial to both providers and their clients.

“This honor speaks more to the contributions of my co-authors, family, and colleagues than to anything I have accomplished individually. It is indicative of how far behavioral economics has come as field, and of Dartmouth’s efforts to build one of the very best groups of behavioral economics scholars in the world” says Jon Zinman, the R. Stephen Cheheyl Professor of Economics.

Jon joined Dartmouth in 2005 as an assistant professor. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT and a B.A. in Government from Harvard College.