Henry Downes

Graduate Research Assistant

Why LEO?

"The chance to work with LEO was a primary reason I chose Notre Dame’s PhD program in Economics. LEO has enriched my education by affording opportunities to put theory into practice, contribute to evidence-based policy solutions, and learn from leading practitioners in the anti-poverty space. I believe that working with LEO has made me a better economist and a better person by helping me understand issues faced by the nation’s most vulnerable communities."


Henry is pursuing a PhD in Economics at Notre Dame and has worked as a research assistant with LEO since 2019. He studies the effectiveness of homelessness prevention programs and supports the LEO team by managing data requests for various projects. Henry earned a BA in Economics from The University of Alabama. His research interests include health, housing and labor economics.

Email: hdownes@nd.edu
Office: 3101B Jenkins Nanovic Hall