Kellogg on Policy and Public Impact

Consumer finance and new technologies: research and practice

Foundational strength to help cross sectors

The household finance landscape has grown more complex and data-rich in recent years, offering unprecedented opportunities for research as well as new business opportunities.

Understanding the evolution in household finance requires research to inform practice and policy related to consumer debt, credit, savings, and financial literacy. Join researchers, policymakers, and industry practitioners in exploring these topics.

Upcoming Events

SEC Commissioner Rob Jackson

March 06, 2020
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Rosa Rios, Former Treasurer of the United States

April 20, 2020
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Janice Eberly
James R. and Helen D. Russell Professor of Finance
Faculty Director, Kellogg Public-Private Initiative
Ben Harris
Executive Director, Kellogg Public-Private Initiative
Sheila Duran
Senior Director, Kellogg Public-Private Initiative

Explore the Policy ecosystem at Kellogg

Is the U.S. Budget in Crisis?

A Q&A with Brookings Economist Bill Gale and Professor Amanda Starc

Low Federal Investment May Hurt U.S. Productivity and Growth

In a Washington Post article, economists say It’s acceptable for the U.S. to take on more debt – for the right reasons

Reverse mortgages: Promise, problems, and proposals for a better market

Brookings and Kellogg team up.

Improving opportunities for those who want to work longer

An event hosted by the Brookings Institution in conjunction with the Kellogg School of Management, including a panel moderated by Kellogg professor Ben Harris.

The Political Outlook for 2020

Implications for Businesses and the U.S. Economy

@issue: The Role of Demographics and Why the Pollsters Got it Wrong

Panel presented by Kellogg Student Association and KPPI, featuring Professors David Besanko and Blake McShane on December 1, 2016.

Alumni in Policy

Jennifer Colville ‘95

Regional Team Leader / Innovation, Arab States / United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Jennifer Colville '95 is a growth driver in the global economy, and promotes Kellogg’s Policy vision of preparing leaders to understand how to create sound economic policy. In her role at UNDP, Colville is exploring a host of innovation drivers, from gamification to behavioral science to social innovation camps. She also leads UNDP’s broader efforts to reach out to a variety of voices that haven’t traditionally been amplified.

Jonathan Greenblatt '99

CEO & National Director / Anti-Defamation League

Jonathan Greenblatt '99 is the National Director (CEO) Designate at the Anti-Defamation League and a Senior Fellow at the Wharton School. He is the co-founder of Ethos Water (acquired by Starbucks in 2005); founder of All for Good (acquired by Points of Light in 2011), former Special Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation (2011-2014), and former CEO of GOOD Worldwide.

James Tong ‘05

CEO / Advanced Grid Consulting

James Tong '05 leads collaborative efforts with solar businesses, utilities, government agencies, and academic researchers to accelerate solar deployment and reduce barriers to adoption. Prior to entering the solar industry, he served in various management positions at GE, where he completed its elite commercial leadership program. He has also worked for the Urban Institute, a renowned public policy think tank, and served in the Peace Corps.

Chris LaRosa ‘08

Executive Director, Global Relations & Corporate Development / CME Group

Chris LaRosa '08 is an industry and government affairs executive with the world’s leading commodities and financial futures exchange. He manages engagement with multiple legistative bodies and regulators within the U.S. and globally. He facilitates integration of business and public policy strategies across CME Group’s product areas, international alliances, and business development initiatives.

Faculty Affiliates

Eric T. Anderson
Hartmarx Professor of Marketing; Director of the Center for Global Marketing Practice

David Austen-Smith
Peter G. Peterson Chair in Corporate Ethics; Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences; Director, Ford Motor Center for Global Citizenship

Sandeep Baliga
John L. and Helen Kellogg Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Science

Efraim Benmelech
Harold L. Stuart Professor of Finance; Director of the Guthrie Center for Real Estate Research

David Besanko
IBM Professor of Regulation & Competitive Practices

Meghan Busse
Associate Professor of Strategy

David Chen
Adjunct Professor of Finance; Faculty Lead of Impact Investing

Lawrence J. Christiano
Alfred W. Chase Chair of Business Institutions, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences; Professor of Finance

David Dranove
Walter J. McNerney Professor of Health Industry Management; Faculty Director of PhD Program; Professor of Strategy

Andrew Dillon
Clinical Associate Professor within Kellogg’s Public-Private Interface Initiative (KPPI); Research Associate Professor in the Global Poverty Research Lab, Buffett Institute

Janice C. Eberly
James R. and Helen D. Russell Professor of Finance; Faculty Director, Kellogg Public-Private Initiative (KPPI)

Georgy Egorov
Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences

Martin Eichenbaum
Charles Moskos Professor of Economics; Co-Director, Center for International Macroeconmics

Timothy Feddersen
Wendell Hobbs Professor of Managerial Politics; Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences
Mark Finn
Clinical Professor of Accounting Information & Management

Michael J. Fishman
Senior Associate Dean, Faculty and Research; Norman Strunk Professor of Financial Institutions; Professor of Finance; Academic Director of CPU

Craig Furfine
Clinical Professor of Finance; Associate Chair of the Finance Department

Craig Garthwaite
Associate Professor of Strategy; Herman Smith Research Professor in Hospital and Health Services Management; Director of Healthcare at Kellogg

Robert Gordon
Stanley G. Harris Professor in the Social Sciences, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences; Professor of Economics

Kent Grayson
Associate Professor of Marketing; Bernice and Leonard Lavin Professorship

Kathleen Hagerty
Associate Provost for Faculty, Northwestern University; First Chicago Professorship in Finance, Kellogg School of Management; Professor of Finance

Ben Harris
Visiting Associate Professor, Kellogg Public-Private Initiative (KPPI); Executive Director, Kellogg Public-Private Initiative (KPPI)

Liz Livingston Howard
Clinical Professor of Management; Director of Nonprofit Executive Education

Thomas N. Hubbard
Elinor and H. Wendell Hobbs Professor of Management; Professor of Strategy; Faculty Director of Insight

Edward F.X. Hughes
Professor of Strategy; Professor of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine (Courtesy)

Ravi Jagannathan
Chicago Mercantile Exchange/John F. Sandner Professor of Finance; Co-Director, Financial Institutions and Markets Research

Benjamin F. Jones
Gordon and Llura Gund Family Professor of Entrepreneurship; Professor of Strategy; Faculty Director, Kellogg Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative (KIEI)
Dean Karlan
Professor of Economics and Finance, Frederic Esser Nemmers Chair; Co-Director, Global Poverty Research Lab, Buffett Institute

Brayden King
Max McGraw Chair in Management and the Environment; Professor of Management & Organizations; Chair of Management & Organizations Department

Philip Levy
Adjunct Professor of Strategy

Sarit Markovich
Clinical Associate Professor of Strategy

Mark McCareins
Clinical Professor of Business Law; Co-Director, JDMBA Program

Robert L. McDonald
Gaylord Freeman Distinguished Chair in Banking; Professor of Finance

Therese J. McGuire
ConAgra Brands Research Professorship in Strategic Management; Professor of Strategy

Peter H. McNerney
Adjunct Lecturer of Finance

Joel Mokyr
Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Economics and History, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences

Ameet Morjaria
Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences

Kara Palamountain
Research Associate Professor within Kellogg's Public-Private Interface Initiative (KPPI); Lecturer of Global Health

Nicola Persico
John L. and Helen Kellogg Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences; Director of the Center for Mathematical Studies in Economics & Management

Mitchell A. Petersen
Glen Vasel Professor of Finance; Director of the Heizer Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital

Robert Porter
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor

Sergio Rebelo
MUFG Bank Distinguished Professor of International Finance; Professor of Finance

Michael Rogers
Sr. Fellow and Adjunct Professor, KPPI

William Rogerson
Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Economics at Northwestern University; Director of the Center for Business Institutions; Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Industrial Organization; Research Director for Competition, Anti-Trust and Regulation at the Searle Center on Law, Regulation and Economic Growth

Diane Schanzenbach
Director of the Northwestern Institute for Policy Research and Margaret Walker Alexander Professor of Human Development and Social Policy

Alvaro Sandroni
E.D. Howard Professor of Political Economy; Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences

Paola Sapienza
Donald C. Clark/HSBC Chair in Consumer Finance; Professor of Finance

Mark Satterthwaite
A.C. Buehler Professor in Hospital & Health Services Management; Professor of Strategy

Juliet Sorensen
Clinical Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Clinical Professor of Strategy, Kellogg School of Management

Jörg Spenkuch
Associate Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences

Amanda Starc
Associate Professor of Strategy

Edoardo Teso
Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences

Adam Waytz
Associate Professor of Management & Organizations

Klaus Weber
Professor of Management & Organizations   

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‘American Dirt’ Is Proof the Publishing Industry Is Broken

Article references the research of Professor Craig Garthwaite, which notes that the selection of five books in Oprah’s Book Club’s decreases the sales of other adult books.

The New York Times , 27 Jan 2020

Blue Cross parent sheds hundreds of workers

Article includes quote from Professor Amanda Starc on how the transition from fee-for-service to paying for value may lead to an internal reorganization from insurance companies to mirror a different business model.

Crain’s Chicago Business, 23 Jan 2020

The Price of Innovation

Poscast features Professor Craig Garthwaite who discusses the relationship between drug prices and the lack of innovation in the industry.

Tradeoffs, 22 Jan 2020

Is the Nation’s Debt Crisis Really a Crisis?

Segment features KPPI Executive Director and Visiting Professor Ben Harris who discusses the severity of the nation’s debt crisis.

WGN, 16 Jan 2020


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