As an Applied Microeconomist, Jones' research focuses in the fields of public economics, labor economics, and political economy. Recently focusing on the economics of gender and race, he studies how diversity impacts certain economic, political, and policy outcomes.

Teaching and Research Areas

Jones’ research focuses on these key areas:

  • Public economics
  • Public economy
  • Labor economics
  • Race and gender in the economy
  • Political selection and representation
  • Non-monetary motivations in the labor market
  • Charitable giving in the nonprofit sector


Select Publications and Funded Research 

  • "How do voters matter? Evidence from US Congressional redistricting" with Randall Walsh [NBER Working Paper No. 22526], Journal of Public Economics (2018).
  • "Gridlock: Ethnic diversity in government and public good provision" with Brian Beach, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy (2017).
  • "Does partisan affiliation impact the distribution of spending? Evidence from state governments' expenditures on education" with Andrew Hill, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization (2017).


Other Academic Positions

  • PhD Program Director, GSPIA, University of Pittsburgh