I am a Research Affiliate with the Office of Tax Policy Research at the University of Michigan, and was a financial economist at the Office of Tax Analysis at the U.S. Department of Treasury from 2010 to 2016. I am a public finance economist who studies how individuals and firms respond to public policies. I received my Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan, and B.A. in Economics from Occidental College.

Research interests: Public Finance, Labor Economics, Applied Econometrics

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Email: lkawano@umich.edu


"The Long-Term Effects of Financial Aid: Evidence from California's Cal Grant." American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Vol. 11, No. 1, 64-94, February 2019 (with Eric Bettinger, Oded Gurantz, Bruce Sacerdote, and Michael Stevens).

"The Economic Impact of Hurricane Katrina on its Victims: Evidence from Individual Tax Returns." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 10(2), 202-33, April 2018. (with Tatyana Deryugina and Steven Levitt).

"How Income Changes During Unemployment: Evidence from Tax Return Data." Journal of Human Resources, 52(2), Spring 2017. (with Sara LaLumia).

"How Do Corporate Tax Bases Change When Corporate Tax Rates Change? With Implications for Tax Rate Elasticities." International Tax and Public Finance, 23(3), 401–433, June 2016. (with Joel Slemrod).

"Taxpayer Confusion: Evidence from the Child Tax Credit. " American Economic Review, 106(3), 807-35, Mar. 2016. (with Naomi Feldman and Peter Katuscak).

"The Dividend Clientele Hypothesis: Evidence from the 2003 Tax Act." American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 6(1), 114-36, Feb. 2014.