Robert Collinson

Wilson Family LEO Assistant Professor of Economics

Area of Specialization

Housing policy, urban policy, anti-poverty program design

Why LEO?

“I joined LEO to be part of an organization dedicated to conducting rigorous research that is directly useful to providers and policymakers alike in the fight against poverty. I believe society can and should do more to address poverty, which requires identifying the most effective policies to improve the lives of those in need.

I love that I get to think big about policies and interventions to help those in poverty, while at the same time working on projects which have practical value and insights for providers and policymakers.”


Rob leads research projects aimed at understanding which policies and interventions are most effective. This often involves working with government or non-profit partners to design evaluations, collect and analyze data, and write up results. He is the Wilson Family LEO Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at the University of Notre Dame, where he teaches undergraduate courses on topics related to poverty. Rob received his Ph.D. in Public Policy from New York University and he specializes in housing and urban policy research. 

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