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Jake Bowers

Jake Bowers

Primary Affiliation: Associate Professor, Departments of Political Science and Statistics, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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Associate Professor, Departments of Political Science and Statistics, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Policy Expertise

Political Methodology
Applied Statistics
Political Behavior

Experience & Background

Jake Bowers
About
Experience & Background

Jake Bowers is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Statistics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He has served as a Methods Fellow in the Office of Evaluation Sciences in the General Services Administration of the U.S. federal government, a Fellow in The Policy Lab at Brown University, and Methods Director for the Evidence in Governance and Politics network. Jake co-founded and co-directs the Causal Inference for Social Impact Lab at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He also co-founded Research 4 Impact, an organization devoted to connecting academia with practice. His research on human behavior has focused on understanding COVID hesitancy in the USA, tax compliance in Malawi, reactions to the legalization of marijuana in Uruguay, social cohesion in Canada, attitudes about immigration in the UK, and attitudes about extremism in Nigeria. His research in statistical methodology focuses on questions about statistical inference for causal effects in both randomized field experiments and observational studies.

Professional Appointments

Dept of Political Science & Statistics University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Associate Professor, 2013 – Present

The Office of Evaluation Sciences U.S. General Services Administration

Fellow, 2015 – 2020, 2022

Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) 

Methods Director, 2018 – 2022

Center for Advanced Study in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Co-founder of The Causal Inference for Social Impact Lab Stanford University

Affiliate, 2017– Present

The Policy Lab @ Brown University

Senior Scientist & Fellow, 2019–2021

Center for Advanced Study in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Stanford University

Fellow, 2018 – 2019

Research 4 Impact

Co-founder,  2016 -2017

White House Social & Behavioral Science Team National Science and Technology Policy Council

Fellow, 2015 – 2016

Education

1995 – J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia

1989 – B.A with Highest Distinction, University of Virginia

Recent Publications

Evidence from a statewide vaccination RCT shows the limits of nudges
Evidence from a statewide vaccination RCT shows the limits of nudges

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