Briana Ballis

Briana Ballis

Nonresident Fellow – Global Economy and Development

Briana Ballis is a nonresident fellow with the Workforce of the Future initiative in the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings. She is an assistant professor of economics at the University of California, Merced, and an affiliate of the Inequality, Measurement, Interpretation and Policy Network of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group (HCEO). Her areas of interest include labor economics, public economics, and the economics of education. Her research has focused on special education, the spillover effects of DACA, and the long-run impacts of the social safety net. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the Social Security Administration (via Mathematica). Prior to joining UC Merced, she received her Ph.D. from University of California, Davis in 2020, received her B.A./M.A. from Boston University in 2011, and was a research analyst at RTI international between 2011 and 2014.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Labor Economics
    • Public Finance
    • Economics of Education
  • Current Positions

    • Assistant Professor of Economics, University of California, Merced
  • Past Positions

    • Research Analyst, RTI International (2011-2014)
  • Education

    • Ph.D. in Economics, University of California, Davis (2020)
    • M.A. in Economics, Boston University (2011)
    • B.A. in Economics, Boston University (2011)
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