The F. Thomas Juster Economics Behavior Research Award Fund

Tom Juster

A man of faith who expressed his deepest values through his work, Tom Juster was convinced that society and science would both benefit if scholars—particularly young scholars—were directly connected to empirical research and innovative modeling of economic and social behavior. Inspired by his work and spirit, especially relating to issues of social justice, ISR has established the F. Thomas Juster Economic Behavior Research Award Fund.

This quasi-endowment fund will provide research awards to emerging scholars in the social sciences who are conducting empirically grounded economic research using the Health and Retirement Study, the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, the Surveys of Consumers, or the Time Use data. To the extent possible, special emphasis will be placed on supporting research directed at understudied topics and the measurement of economic behavior.

These competitive small grants will be open to researchers from around the world, although preference will be given to scholars associated with the University of Michigan.

Your gift to the F. Thomas Juster Economic Behavior Research Award Fund will honor Tom’s work by creating a living legacy for generations to come. With these awards, social scientists will have an opportunity to make an impact on public policy by pursuing empirically grounded economic research.

Click the button below to make a gift to the Juster Fund. For more information on giving options and opportunities, contact Patrick Shields, ISR Director of External Relations, at (734) 764-8369 or

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The 2012 F. Thomas Juster Economics Behavior Research Award was given to Michael Gideon, a doctoral candidate in the U-M Department of Economics. Gideon is investigating the degree of rounding in self-reported wealth. Photo by Eva Menezes.