Leadership and Staff

Steven Berry, Jeffrey Talpins Faculty Director, is the David Swensen Professor in the Economics Department, specializing in the empirical analysis of markets and competition-related economic policy. He is a winner of the Frisch Medal of the Economics Society, was elected to be a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014, and was named the 2017 Distinguished Fellow of the Industrial Organization Society. At Yale, he has served as Department Chair and as Director of the Division of Social Sciences. He has served as a consultant for governments, policy institutes, and the private sector, focusing on questions of antitrust as well as environmental and trade policy. Berry is also affiliated with the Cowles Foundation at Yale and is a Research Fellow at the NBER.

David Wilkinson, Executive Director, joined the Tobin Center in September 2019. Wilkinson has devoted much of his professional life to the cause of evidence-based policy. Most recently, Mr. Wilkinson served as Connecticut’s Chief Performance Officer, a cabinet level role in which he set up interagency data sharing and performance management systems to build a more effective government.  In a previous role, as head of the White House Office of Social Innovation under President Obama, he led efforts in favor of results-driven government and the use of data and data science for the public good. As part of this effort, Wilkinson succeeded in increasing funds for data-oriented programs and he supported a bipartisan coalition in the Senate and House that passed legislation promoting evidence and outcomes-based policies.  He also previously served as Connecticut Commissioner of Early Childhood and used evidence-based methods to successfully shift existing funds toward their best use.  His results-driven innovation efforts at the Office of Early Childhood were recognized by the New York Times, the Aspen Institute and the Center for American Progress. Wilkinson, earned a J.D. from Yale Law School. He is affiliated with the Yale Child Studies Center and is a fellow at Yale’s Institution for Social Policy Studies (ISPS).

Zack Cooper, Associate Faculty Director, is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and of Economics at Yale University. In his academic work, Cooper has analyzed the impact of competition in hospital and insurance markets, studied the influence of price transparency on consumer behavior, and examined the influence of electoral politics on health care spending growth. His work has been published in leading economics and medical journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the New England Journal of Medicine, and has been presented at the White House, the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Department of Health and Human Services. The New York Times wrote that his work is “likely to force a rethinking of some conventional wisdom about health care.”

Rebecca Toseland, Director of Research Support, is also a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics. Previously, she was a Research Scholar at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and a Lecturer in the Department of Economics at Harvard University. Her research and teaching interests span a variety of domestic policy issues including economic mobility, education, housing, health, and the environment. She received a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Studies from Yale University, and both an M.A. in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.