PPOL PhD candidate Liz Walker

Current Students

PhD in Public Policy doctoral students delve into a broad range of research areas during their time at Harvard. Our current Public Policy doctoral candidates and their areas of interest are listed below.

Martin Abel
Applied microeconomics, with a focus on development economics, labor economics, and behavioral economics. Martin is particularly interested in productivity and matching in labor markets of developing countries.

Samura Atallah
Behavioral economics, development economics, labor economics, and applied econometrics. Samura’s current research projects focus on the effects of non-cognitive skills on labor market outcomes, and the effect of scarcity on behavior and cognition.

Andrew Bacher-Hicks
Economics of education, labor economics, and applied econometrics.

Megan Bailey
Environmental economics, particularly the evaluation of policy options for climate change and valuation of ecosystem services.

Jonathan Baker
Environmental and resource economics, and water allocation policy. Jonathan is particularly interested in economic incentive structures for allocating scarce water supplies.

Patrick Behrer
Environmental and resource economics; development economics. Specifically the integration of payments for ecosystem services into development and conservation policy.

Sebastian Bustos
Economics of entrepreneurship and private sector development. Sebastian is particularly interested in the political economy and decision making process of providing public goods.

Rohit Chandra
The history, evolution and dynamics of energy markets in South Asia, particularly in India. Rohit is focusing on coal, electricity, and natural gas markets and their supply chains, governance, and distortions. More broadly, he is interested in natural resource economics in developing countries and the economic effects of resource extraction on local communities.

Juan Pablo Chauvin
Local and regional economic development, international development, and behavioral economics. Juan Pablo is interested in the determinants of city and regional economic growth and inequality, the role of productive structure in subnational development, the micro-foundations of local investment decisions, and local and regional development policies.

Cuicui Chen
Environmental economics, game theory, and allocation theory. Cuicui’s current interests include the role of economic activities in damaging/preserving the ecosystem; theory, application, and empirical testing of learning; and the problem of siting a public facility.

Stephen Coussens
Public economics, health economics, household finance, and decision-making under uncertainty. He is particularly interested in the application of insights from behavioral economics to each of these areas.

Danny Crichton
Innovation and industrial policies in the United States and East Asia.

Elijah de la Campa
Applied microeconomics, with a particular interest in labor economics, the economics of education, and education policy.

Holly Dykstra
Public economics, political economy, and behavioral economics.

Peter Dyrud
International relations with a regional interest in East Asia. His research focuses on the causal influence of national factors, to include economic measures, forms of government, and freedom indices on the spread of ideologies.

Raissa Fabregas Robles Gil
Applied microeconomics, with a focus on development economics, labor economics and political economy. Raissa is interested in the role of social capital on economic outcomes, inefficiencies in public service delivery, and individual investment choices under uncertainty and risk.

Nathan Fleming
Environmental and natural resource economics, institutional economics, and comparative development.

Madeleine Gelblum
Economics of education, labor economics, and applied microeconomics. Her current research focuses on the economic returns to a college major. She is also interested in human capital formation and the demand for skills in the labor market.

Todd Gerarden
Energy and environmental economics and policy, public economics, and industrial organization.

Guthrie Gray-Lobe
Labor economics, public economics, and political economy.

Tara Grillos
Participatory processes and sustainable development; collective action, public goods provision, and community resource management; participatory governance structures in developing nations; and institutional and psychological dimensions of human decision making.

Marie-Pascale Grimon
Research methods, development economics, behavioral economics, and political economy.

Sarika Gupta
Political economy and development economics. Sarika is interested in public service delivery, corruption, and rights awareness in emerging democracies, particularly India. She is also interested in political participation and socioeconomic behavior of resource-scarce households.

Nils Hägerdal
International security, ethnic conflict, and politics of the Middle East.

Tomoko Harigaya
Development economics and behavioral economics, with a focus on household finance and health behaviors.

Alicia Harley
Regional and global agri-food systems: assessing water, agriculture and economic policies, and their contribution to sustainable food systems. Alicia is interested in the impacts of climate change on agriculture and food security, innovation and technology transfer in development, and the interplay of politics and science in policy making. She has a regional focus on Middle East, North Africa, and India.

Abraham Holland
Development, behavioral, and labor economics. Abraham’s current research interests include the effect of non-cognitive traits on labor market outcomes.

Ariella Kahn-Lang
Labor economics and health economics, with an interest in immigration policy and education policy.

Jennifer Kao
Environmental economics, applied industrial organization, and development economics, with an interest in the role of transparency initiatives.

Elizabeth Linos
Public sector reform, with a focus on motivating and retaining top human capital in the public sector, and public goods provision and community-level diversity. Elizabeth’s primary fields are political economy and labor economics.

Heidi Liu
Judgment and decision making, particularly related to gender, experimental, and behavioral economics and its applications to law and negotiation, and labor economics.

Stephanie Majerowicz
Development economics, labor economics, and political economy, with a focus on natural resources and private sector development.

Sharan Mamidipudi
Development economics, particularly on social security schemes in developing countries, in India specifically.

Aroop Mukharji
International relations and security; war studies; US foreign policy; conceptions of power; Cold War politics; post-WWII settlement.

Sara Nadel
International development, with a focus on evaluation techniques and political economy models.

Yusuf Neggers
Political economy and development economics.

Janhavi Nilekani
Environmental economics and development economics, with a focus on air pollution control policies in India.

Oyebola Olabisi
Development economics topics in public finance, education, and political economy.

Laura Quinby
Public sector labor markets, particularly at the state and local levels. Laura’s research interests focus on total compensation; the impact of public sector collective bargaining on wages, benefits, and the size of the workforce; and the political economy of state and local pension and retiree health insurance plans.

Rebecca Sachs
Labor economics and health economics. Interested in how government institutions impact inequality, with a focus on social insurance programs and healthcare markets.

Trisha Shrum
Climate change and energy through the lenses of environmental and behavioral economics. Trisha's current research interests include the exploration of a potential bias in the perception of eco-product quality, and the implications of such an eco-product bias for the energy efficiency gap.

Niharika Singh
Labor and development economics.

Samuel Stolper
Environmental and energy economics and policy, climate policy, water quality, and energy market function. Sam's current projects include a study of water pollution and health in India, and an analysis of competition in Spanish gasoline markets.

Yeling Tan
International political economy and global governance. Yeling is particularly interested in the politics of adjustment in China's economic liberalization, and the impact of the rise of China on global economic governance.

Gabriel Tourek
Development economics, labor economics, behavioral economics, and applied econometrics.

Daniel Velez-Lopez
Environmental economics, natural resource economics, and development economics.

Lisa Xu
Private sector development in sub-Saharan Africa and other developing regions, industrial policy, and export diversification.

Joshua Yardley
Development economics and the economics of education, particularly the provision and measurement of quality education in rural settings.

PPOL PhD Candidates on the Job Market

Learn about current PPOL PhD candidates on the job market.

PPOL PhD Student Spotlight

Jooa Julia Lee MPP 2010 and PPOL PhD 2015 is using behavioral science to examine organizational behavior. (Photo credit: Jooa Julia Lee)

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