Elizabeth Linos
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Elizabeth Linos
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Dr. Elizabeth Linos is an assistant professor of public policy at UC Berkeley. Her research lies at the intersection of public management and behavioral economics, with a specific focus on people in government. Dr. Linos has over a decade of experience running field experiments and other data-driven initiatives with government partners. As the former VP and Head of Research and Evaluation at the Behavioral Insights Team (BIT) in North America, she worked with city governments across the US through the What Works Cities (WWC) Initiative. For example, she designed and led projects that increased diversity in police recruitment across 12 mid-sized cities, reduced turnover in 911 dispatchers across nine cities, and increased take-up of services in over 15 cities.

Prior to this role, Dr. Linos was 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.

Her research has been published in academic journals including the Journal for Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART), Public Administration, the British Medical Journal, JAMA and others. Her work has also been highlighted in media outlets include the Harvard Business Review, the BBC, The Economist, Governing magazine, and Slate.