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Michal Grinstein-Weiss

Michal Grinstein-Weiss

Distinguished Professor
Shanti K. Khinduka Distinguished Professor
Associate Dean for Policy Initiatives
PhD, Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis
  • Research Interests:

  • Social and economic development
  • Savings and asset building
  • Tax-time savings
  • Behavioral economics
  • Health behavior change
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Michal Grinstein-Weiss

Michal Grinstein-Weiss conducts research on improving health and socio-economic mobility for low-income households by creating scalable, evidence-based interventions to inform and shape policy, domestically and internationally. Grinstein-Weiss serves as the Associate Dean for Policy Initiatives at the Brown School. 


As an influential voice in the design of innovative savings and asset-building policies, Grinstein-Weiss is pioneering the field of tax-time savings and spearheading Israel’s creation of a national child savings account program. Her work also merges behavioral science and managed healthcare toward the goal of creating evidence-based solutions for effective healthcare.

She has led successful research collaborations for top industry, government, and philanthropic partners, including Fortune 500 companies, major foundations, and government agencies. Her work has been featured in popular media such as National Public Radio and The Wall Street Journal and published in top-tier academic journals, including American Economic Journal, Social Service, Review, and Social Work Research.

She has held leadership roles with the Brookings Institution and Clinton Global Initiative and was recently identified as one of the highest-impact social work scholars by Research on Social Work Practice. Her honors include the Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award and the Smith Richardson Foundation Domestic Public Policy Research Fellowship.

In The News:

Advocating for College Access for Immigrants

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Participation is High in Israel’s Universal CDA Program, the First in the World

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