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Dr. Elizabeth Linos

Nonresident Senior Fellow - Brookings Metro

Dr. Elizabeth Linos is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and the Founder of The People Lab at the University of California, Berkeley. The majority of her research focuses on how to improve government by focusing on its people and the services they deliver. Specifically, Dr. Linos’s studies consider how we can improve diversity in recruitment and selection, how to reduce burnout at work, and how different work environments affect performance and motivation in government. In her research on behavioral public administration, she also studies how to use low-cost interventions to reduce administrative burdens that low-income households face when interacting with their government.  

Dr. Linos's research has been published in academic journals including the Journal for Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART), Public Administration Review (PAR), Econometrica, the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy (AEJ: Policy), the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and others. Her work has also been highlighted in media outlets including the New York Times, The Economist, the BBC, NPR, Slate, and the Harvard Business Review.  

As the former VP and Head of Research and Evaluation at the Behavioral Insights Team in North America, Dr. Linos worked with government agencies in the US and the UK to improve programs using behavioral science and to build capacity around rigorous evaluation. Prior to this role, Dr. Linos worked directly in government as a policy advisor to the Greek Prime Minister, George Papandreou, focusing on social innovation and public sector reform. She has also worked for the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), evaluating and designing innovative social programs in Bangladesh, Morocco, and France. Dr. Linos holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University, where she also completed her A.B. in Government and Economics, magna cum laude with highest honors. 

Dr. Elizabeth Linos is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and the Founder of The People Lab at the University of California, Berkeley. The majority of her research focuses on how to improve government by focusing on its people and the services they deliver. Specifically, Dr. Linos’s studies consider how we can improve diversity in recruitment and selection, how to reduce burnout at work, and how different work environments affect performance and motivation in government. In her research on behavioral public administration, she also studies how to use low-cost interventions to reduce administrative burdens that low-income households face when interacting with their government.  

Dr. Linos’s research has been published in academic journals including the Journal for Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART), Public Administration Review (PAR), Econometrica, the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy (AEJ: Policy), the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and others. Her work has also been highlighted in media outlets including the New York Times, The Economist, the BBC, NPR, Slate, and the Harvard Business Review.  

As the former VP and Head of Research and Evaluation at the Behavioral Insights Team in North America, Dr. Linos worked with government agencies in the US and the UK to improve programs using behavioral science and to build capacity around rigorous evaluation. Prior to this role, Dr. Linos worked directly in government as a policy advisor to the Greek Prime Minister, George Papandreou, focusing on social innovation and public sector reform. She has also worked for the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), evaluating and designing innovative social programs in Bangladesh, Morocco, and France. Dr. Linos holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University, where she also completed her A.B. in Government and Economics, magna cum laude with highest honors. 

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