As part of its goal to support research on issues related to consumer payments and credit, the Payment Cards Center created a visiting scholar program in 2001. This program represents a collaborative effort with the Bank’s Research Department and aims to establish supportive relationships with academic researchers whose interests advance the Center’s mission.
The Center is pleased to announce the recent addition of two new researchers to the program: Ronald Mann, of the University of Texas School of Law, and Jonathan Zinman, of the Economics Department at Dartmouth College.
Mann holds the Ben H. & Kitty King Powell Chair in Business and Commercial Law at the University of Texas School of Law. He is a nationally recognized scholar and teacher who specializes in the fields of commercial law and electronic commerce. He has published extensively in law journals, and he is the author of Payment Systems and Other Financial Transactions, a textbook on commercial and consumer payment law. Mann’s most recent work, a forthcoming book entitled Charging Ahead: The Growth and Regulation of Payment Card Markets Around the World, analyzes the policy implications of the rise in credit card usage around the world. Mann earned a B.A. from Rice University and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.
Jonathan Zinman is an assistant professor of economics at Dartmouth College. His research interests include examining how the behavior of firms and consumers compares with that predicted by economic theory. Of particular interest to the Center is Zinman’s work on consumer borrowing and payment decisions. His applied interests focus on working with financial institutions to develop strategies that expand access to financial services and testing whether such initiatives are effective at improving consumer decision-making. Zinman earned a B.A. in government from Harvard College and a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.