Laura Kawano is a Research Affiliate with the Office of Tax Policy Research in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. She was previously a financial economist in the Business and International Tax Division at the U.S. Department of Treasury. In the fall of 2013, Laura was a visiting assistant professor in the Business Economic and Public Policy Department at the Wharton School. Broadly speaking, her research focuses on the impacts of tax policy on individual and firm choices. She has written on household portfolio choices, the elasticity of taxable income, and tax salience. She has also worked on projects that use administrative data to understand the long-run impacts of unemployment spells and natural disasters. Laura received her B.A. from Occidental College in 2002 and her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2010.