Assistant Professor of Law Natasha Sarin is taking a public service leave from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School’s faculty to join the Biden Administration as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Treasury Department. She joined the Law School in the fall of 2018 with a secondary appointment in the Finance Department at the Wharton School.
Sarin is at the forefront of empirical law and economics, with research and teaching interests that lie at the intersection of law and finance. Her research engages with contemporary policy debates in the areas of financial regulation and tax policy.
In recent work with former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers that has focused on the tax gap, Sarin has examined why the IRS fails to collect a substantial portion of taxes owed, and what reforms can deliver revenue gains.
Most recently, a report she produced with Edwards B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science Cary Coglianese showing the Trump Administration’s deception in regulatory reform received national attention. Her work is highly regarded in both academic and policy circles. She has contributed to economic policy research commissioned by the Hamilton Project and the Brookings Institution and has written for and been cited by various media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, and Bloomberg.
Prior to joining the Law School faculty, Sarin earned a JD and PhD in Economics from Harvard University. She also received a BA in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University.