Vance Larsen

Ph.D. Candidate
Vance Larsen started the Evans School Ph.D. program in Public Policy and Management in 2016. Prior to joining the program, he earned a Master of Science in Consumer Behavior at Purdue University, where he was involved in research on financial services for the poor in Colombia and Taiwan. Vance also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Gonzaga University, with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Economics and a minor in History. Vance’s dissertation will examine the decision to claim Social Security retirement benefits through a behavioral economics and judgment/decision-making lens. His other research interests include household financial decision making, specifically the use of fringe banking products and services, such as payday loans, and the impact of unexpected financial shocks on low-income individuals and households.

He has been a TA for several courses throughout his time at Evans, winning the ESO Outstanding Teaching Assistant award in 2018-2019. He has been a teaching assistant for Quantitative Analysis 1 (527), Quantitative Analysis 2 (528), Financial Management and Budgeting (522) and Microeconomic Management Analysis (517). He was also the lead instructor for Quantitative Analysis 2 (528) in the Spring of 2021.

Recent Publications:
Bauchet, J., Damon, A., & Larsen, V. (2017). Microfinance bundling and consumer protection: experimental evidence from Colombia. Journal of Development Effectiveness, 9(4), 443-461.

Bauchet, J., & Larsen, V. (2018). ROSCA composition and repayment: Evidence from Taiwanese bidding ROSCAs. The Journal of Development Studies, 54(9), 1483-1495.

M.S. in Public Policy and Management, University of Washington, 2019
M.S. in Consumer Behavior, Purdue University, 2016
B.B.A. in Business Administration, Gonzaga University, 2012
Social Security

Behavioral Economics

Judgment and Decision Making

Household Finance

Fringe Banking Products