Justine S. Hastings

Justine S. Hastings is a Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs at Brown University and a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research with program affiliations in Industrial Organization, Public Economics, Aging, Education, and Energy and Environmental Economics. She has served as the Managing Editor for the International Journal on Industrial Organization, an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Economic Literature, and a Co-Editor for the Journal of Public Economics.
Professor Hastings’ research expertise is in Industrial Organization and Public Economics. She has written articles in top peer reviewed journals and conducted academic research on topics such as market structure and competition, environment and energy regulation, advertising and consumer protection, consumer financial markets, health care, and markets for higher education. Her research employs diverse empirical techniques including field experiments, survey analysis, conjoint analysis, machine learning, predictive analytics, and structural demand and supply estimation.
Professor Hastings has served as an expert advisor on the Academic Research Council to the United States Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She has served on the Council of Economic Advisors to the Governor of Rhode Island, and is the founding director of the Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab, a collaboration with the government of Rhode Island to use data and economics to advance public policy and improve lives. Professor Hastings has testified before the United States Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation, in its hearings into the factors affecting gasoline prices. She has also provided guidance, advice, and empirical analysis for federal and state governmental agencies during their deliberations on legislation regarding regulation of gasoline markets.
Professor Hastings has successfully provided expert testimony in federal and state courts in bench and jury trials for both single party and class action cases, opining as a liability and damages expert.
Professor Hastings holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in economics from the University of California, Davis.


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