Chuck Klosterman

Topic — “But What IF We’re Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past”

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Zeynep Ton

Topic — The Good Jobs Strategy: How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Costs & Boost Profits

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Sarah Soteroff

Manages communications for MPI to help generate media, manage events, and promote the work of MPI. She holds an Honours BA in History from the University of Western Ontario and a Master in Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany. Sarah has an extensive media and communications background, her past work has focused on strategy, client development, messaging and promotion in new and traditional media for a variety of product sectors.

Lauren Jones

Lauren Jones is an Assistant Professor of Consumer Sciences in the department of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University. She joined the faculty in 2015. She conducts quantitative, policy-based research on child and family wellbeing, especially in the areas of health and household economics. Her interests lie in understanding what factors impact the ability of children and families to flourish, and how government policy can help families get ahead.

In one line of work, Dr. Jones investigates how early life experiences can impact adulthood outcomes. She has investigated the long-term impacts of education and mental health treatment in childhood. At present, Lauren is working to explore the relationships between income inequality, health and education by exploring both the link between early life experiences of inequality and later life outcomes, and the link between educational opportunities in childhood and the ability of children to climb the income ladder.

In another line of work, Lauren investigates how social policy and consumer regulation impact how families make financial decisions, such as the use of credit cards and spending decisions. Policy that shapes how families spend money can have profound impacts on the downstream health, education and wellbeing of children. Currently, Lauren is working on projects that aim to evaluate how receipt of tax benefit income impacts spending decisions, and how consumer protection regulation impacts household financial decisions.

Her work has been featured in high-quality academic journals, such as the Journal of Health Economics and the Journal of Applied Econometrics, selective conferences, and the media. Before joining OSU, Lauren completed a post-doctoral fellowship in inequality and social mobility at the Martin Prosperity Institute at University of Toronto. In 2014, Lauren completed her Ph.D. in Policy Analysis at Cornell University.

Selected Work
Michelmore, K. and L.E. Jones. (2016). Timing is money: Does lump-sum payment of tax credits induce high-cost borrowing? SSRN working paper. doi:10.2139/ssrn.2712849

Jones, L.E., K. Milligan and M. Stabile. (2015). Child cash benefits and family expenditures: Evidence from the National Child Benefit. NBER working paper #21101.

Jones, L.E., C. Loibl, and S. Tennyson. (2015). Effects of informational nudges on consumer debt behavior. Journal of Economic Psychology, 51. doi:10.1016/j.joep.2015.06.009

Currie, J., M. Stabile, and L.E. Jones. (2014) Do stimulant medications improve educational and behavioral outcomes for children with ADHD? Journal of Health Economics, 37. doi:10.1016/j.jhealeco.2014.05.002NBER working paper 19105.

Taylor Blake

Leads spatial analysis and cartographic design at MPI. Taylor earned an Honours degree from the University of Toronto and a diploma from Fanshawe College. A former planner, Taylor has worked in municipal and provincial government, built his own GIS consulting business, and mapped the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

Zeynep Ton

Zeynep Ton is an adjunct associate professor at MIT Sloan School of Management and the author of The Good Jobs Strategy: How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Costs & Boost Profits.

Zeynep’s research explores how organizations can design and manage their operations in a way that satisfies employees, customers, and investors simultaneously. She is currently working on creating tools and frameworks to help spread the Good Jobs Strategy, especially in low-wage service industries.

Zeynep’s research has been published in managerial and scholarly journals including Harvard Business ReviewCalifornia Management Review, and Organization Science. Her work has been featured widely in the media, including The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Economist, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. Zeynep was named one of the World’s 40 Best Business School Professors Under the Age of 40 by Poets & Quants. She was also featured by CNNMoney as one of eight young business school professors on the rise.

Prior to joining MIT Sloan, Zeynep spent seven years teaching at Harvard Business School. She teaches MBA and executive education courses in operations management, supply chain management, service operations, sustainability, and operations strategy. She received several awards for excellence in teaching both at HBS and MIT Sloan.

A native of Turkey, Zeynep first came to the U.S. on a volleyball scholarship from the Pennsylvania State University. She received her B.S. in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and her D.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and four children.

Stefanie Schram

Leads the design thinking initiative within the Institute and collaborates with industry partners to advance the discipline. Previously Associate Director of Rotman DesignWorks. Stefanie holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management and is a registered corporate coach.