In SuperFreakonomics, economist Steven Levitt comes to a comforting conclusion based on his analysis of numerous credible studies: "human beings indeed [seem] to be hard wired for altruism." Others have observed that, in giving, the more detail the giver knows about the effects of his or her contributions, the more likely the person is to give (Small, "Helping a Victim or Helping the Victim", Journal of Risk and Uncertainty). I believe both of these conclusions. Altruism starts as an instinct and can be improved with information.
Economists are, most importantly, required to ask smart questions, the answers to which are sometimes surprising and sometimes exciting.
I am empowered by the idea that I can create information to create change. I want to help people become more informed so that they can care better.
I was recently appointed to a fellowship at Harvard's Center of Mathematical Sciences and Applications (CMSA). I am fortunate to be working with Dr. Scott Kominers on original research assessing funding in California's domestic violence prevention infrastructure.
Dr. Scott Kominers can be found here.
More information on the CMSA can be found here.