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Garret Christensen

Senior Financial Economist
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Last Updated: August 10, 2021
Garret Christensen

Garret Christensen is a Senior Financial Economist at the FDIC Center for Financial Research in the Division of Insurance and Research. His research interests include housing and consumer finance, poverty programs, and meta-science and reproducibility. Before joining the FDIC, Garret was an Economist with the US Census Bureau, a staff researcher with the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS), and a data science fellow with the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS). He also taught economics at Swarthmore College and conducted water, sanitation, and hygiene research in western Kenya. He received his PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.


Christensen, Garret, Edward Miguel and Jeremy Freese. July 2020. Transparent and Reproducible Social Science Research. UC Press.

Christensen, Garret and Erin Bronchetti. August 2020. Are SNAP Benefits Adequate for Purchasing a Healthy Diet? Evidence on Geographic Variation in Food Prices and the Purchasing Power of SNAP. Food Policy. Vol. 95.

Christensen, Garret, Nicholas Swanson, Rebecca Littman, David Birke, Edward Miguel, Elizabeth Levy Paluck, and Zenan Wang. May 2020. Research Transparency is on the Rise in Economics AEA Papers and Proceedings. Vol. 110, pp 61-65.

Christensen, Garret, Allan Dafoe, Edward Miguel, Don A. Moore, and Andrew K. Rose. 18 December 2019. A study of the impact of data sharing on article citations using journal policies as a natural experiment PLOS One.

Christensen, Garret, Erin Bronchetti and Hilary Hoynes. December 2019. Local Food Prices, SNAP Purchasing Power, and Child Health. Journal of Health Economics.

Christensen, Garret, R. Silberzahn, E.L. Uhlmann, D.P. Martin, B. A. Nosek et al. 23 August 2018. Many Analysts, One Dataset: Making transparent how variations in analytical choice affect results. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science.

Christensen, Garret and Ted Miguel. September 2018. Transparency, Reproducibility, and the Credibility of Economics Research. Journal of Economic Literature. 56(3), 920-980. Earlier version released as NBER WP 22989.

Christensen, Garret. July 2017. Occupational Fatalities and the Labor Supply: Evidence from the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 139, 182-195.

Christensen, Garret, Justin McCrary and Daniele Fanelli. 22 February 2016. Conservative Tests under Satisficing Models of Publication Bias. PLoS ONE. 11(2): e0149590. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0149590.

Christensen, Garret and Brian Nosek et al. 26 June 2015. Promoting an Open Research Culture: Author guidelines for journals to promote transparency, openness, and reproducibility. Science. Vol 348 no. 6242 pp 1422-1425.

Christensen, Garret, Holly N. Dentz, Amy J. Pickering, Tomoé Bourdier, Benjamin F. Arnold, John M. Colford Jr., and Clair Null. 2015. Pilot cluster randomized controlled trials to evaluate adoption of water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions and their combination in rural western Kenya. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2015: (92)2, 437-447.

Christensen, Garret and Benjamin F. Arnold et al. 2013. Cluster-randomised controlled trials of individual and combined water, sanitation, hygiene and nutritional interventions in rural Bangladesh and Kenya: the WASH Benefits study design and rationale. BMJ open 3.8 (2013): e003476.