I am a Research Affiliate at the Office of Tax Policy Research at the University of Michigan. My research interests are in taxation, labor, and public policy. I received my Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2010, and my B.A. from Occidental College in 2002. Between 2010 and 2016, I was a financial economist in the Office of Tax Analysis at the U.S. Department of Treasury. I reside in Arlington, VA. 

For more information, please see my CV

Email: lkawano[at]umich[dot]edu


Peer-Reviewed Publications
Other Publications
  • "A Re-Balancing Act? Understanding Patterns in Refunds and Balances Due" 
    With Shanthi Ramnath and Patricia K. Tong. National Tax Association Proceedings from the 105th Annual Conference, National Tax Journal, Nov. 2012.

  • "Another Look at Taxpayer Responses to the 1993 Act" 
    With Gerald Auten. National Tax Association Proceedings from the 104th Annual Conference, National Tax Journal, Nov. 2011.
Working Papers
Works in Progress
  • "Determinants of Young Adult Outcomes: An Examination of Random Shocks to Children in Military Families"
    With Bruce Sacerdote, William Skimmyhorn and Michael Stevens.

  • "Variation in the Added Worker Effect."
    With Sara LaLumia and Shanthi Ramnath

  • "Estimating the Elasticity of Broad Income in the Presence of Income Growth and Volatility."
    With Caroline Weber and Andrew Whitten.

  • "Do Publicly-Traded Firms Invest Myopically? Evidence from U.S. Tax Returns."
    With Naomi Feldman, Elena Patel, Nirupama Rao, and Jesse Edgerton.

  • "Unemployment Insurance and Worker Mobility."
    With Ben Klemmens and Ryan Nunn.

  • "Means-Tested Programs and Parental Labor Supply: Evidence from Step-Up for Students."
    With David Figlio and Shanthi Ramnath.
Other Work and Old Working Papers


University of Maryland, Master's in Applied Economics Program 
        Program Analysis and Evaluation: Winter 2015, Summer 2015

Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania (as visiting professor, Business Economics and Public Policy)
        Risk Management (Module I): Fall 2013
        Intro to Business Economics and Public Policy (Part II: Taxation): Fall 2013

University of Michigan (Graduate student instructor)
Introduction to Econometrics: Fall 2009, Fall 2008, Fall 2007
Graduate Econometrics II: Winter 2009
Statistics for Economists: Winter 2008
Introduction to Microeconomics: Fall 2007, Winter 2008

University of Michigan (Instructor)
Introduction to Microeconomics: Summer 2008