Elizabeth Linos

Assistant Professor of Public Policy

Elizabeth Linos

Areas of Expertise

  • Behavioral Economics
  • Program Evaluation
  • Public Management
  • Stereotyping, Prejudice & Discrimination
  • Civil Servants
  • Motivation and Performance
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Recruitment and Retention


Elizabeth Linos is a behavioral economist and public management scholar. Her research focuses on how to improve government by focusing on its people. Specifically, her studies consider how we can improve diversity in recruitment and selection, and how different work environments affect performance and motivation in government. Her research has been published in academic journals including the Journal for Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART), Public Administration, JAMA, the British Medical Journal and others. Her work has also been highlighted in media outlets include The Economist, Governing magazine, Slate and Quartz. As the former VP and Head of Research and Evaluation at the Behavioral Insights Team in North America, she worked with city governments across the US to improve programs using behavioral science and to build capacity around rigorous evaluation. Prior to this role, Elizabeth was a policy advisor to the Greek Prime Minister, George Papandreou, focusing on social innovation and public sector reform. She has also worked for the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), evaluating and designing innovative social programs in Bangladesh, Morocco, and France. Dr. Linos holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University, where she also completed her A.B. in Government and Economics, magna cum laude with highest honors.

Other Affiliations

  • California Policy Lab
  • Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL)



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