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Justine Hastings is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs on Industrial Organization, Public Economics, Environmental and Energy Economics, Education Economics, and Aging. She is an active participant in the Household Finance Working Group. An associate professor of economics with tenure at Brown University, she teaches industrial organization, public economics and education economics. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Hastings is a co-editor of the Journal of Public Economics, and has served as a managing editor of the International Journal of Industrial Organization. She serves on the Academic Research Council of the United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and on the Council of Economic Advisors to the Governor of Rhode Island.

Hastings' research focuses on understanding consumer behavior, firm behavior, and the implications both have for designing public policy. She has studied issues related to primary and secondary school choice, privatization of social security, student loan markets, and the operation of energy markets. She enjoys collaborating with policy-makers.

A California native, Hastings lives in Providence, RI, with her husband. She is a vegetarian who enjoys stand-up paddle boarding, horse-back riding, running, cooking, and traveling in Latin America.

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