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Briana Ballis

Briana Ballis
Professional Title: 
Assistant Professor
COB1 358
  • Labor economics
  • Public economics
Research Interests: 
  • Education¬†
  • Health¬†
  • Immigration
  • Social safety net programs

Briana Ballis is an Assistant Professor of Economics at UC 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 PhD from UC Davis in 2020, received her BA/MA from Boston University in 2011, and was a research analyst at RTI international between 2011 and 2014.