Even the most promising social policy will fail to improve society if it is not politically viable. Ben uses economic and public opinion experiments to study how citizens understand and vote about policies that affect the public distribution of benefits. His research will help policymakers frame and execute their legislative agendas by exploring how popular support for helpful government programs is influenced by political language, the program’s complexity, and visibility of the program’s benefits.
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Ben has witnessed firsthand how politics and identity can cause citizens to think and vote in ways that perpetuate harmful inequities in society. His goal as a Health Policy Research Scholar is to translate his research on policy perception into tools that help policymakers build a healthier, more equitable culture.