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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.
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.
Labor economics, public economics, and development.
Economics of education, labor economics, and applied econometrics.
Environmental economics, particularly the evaluation of policy options for climate change.
Environmental and resource economics, and water allocation policy. Jonathan is particularly interested in economic incentive structures for allocating scarce water supplies.
Environmental and resource economics, and development economics. Patrick is specifically interested in the integration of payments for ecosystem services into development and conservation policy.
Applied microeconomics, particularly about questions in labor economics pertaining to affirmative action, small firms, and trade unions in the development context.
Economics of entrepreneurship and private sector development. Sebastian is particularly interested in the political economy and decision making process of providing public goods.
Development economics, health economics, and applied econometrics.
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
International development, urban and regional economic development, and labor economics. Juan Pablo is interested in the determinants of city and regional economic growth and inequality, the role of education and productive structure in subnational development, the micro-foundations of local investment decisions, and city and regional development policies.
Industrial organization, game theory, and environmental economics. Current projects include learning in repeated games, testing of dynamic equilibrium assumptions, firms' strategic learning behavior, and diffusion of innovations in the fashion industry.
Health economics, public economics, and behavioral economics. Stephen is particularly interested in incorporating machine learning prediction techniques into empirical research in each of these areas.
Elijah de la Campa
Applied microeconomics with a particular interest in labor economics, the economics of education, and education policy.
Brad focuses on international relations and decision making within the U.S. military. He is especially interested in the emotional dynamics affecting openness to innovation.
Judgment and decision making; behavioral law and economics; political psychology. Broadly, Charlie's research focuses on how harnessing specific emotions can improve policy-relevant behaviors, such as economic patience and receptiveness to disagreeing views.
Applied microeconomics with a focus on behavioral economics and public economics. Particularly interested in financial decision-making in low-income households.
International relations with a regional interest in East Asia. His research focuses on understanding the spread of ideologies through a combination of political, economic, sociological, and psychological factors. Additional research examines the quantitative deterrent effect of hostage rescue operations on future foreign kidnappings.
Raissa Fabregas Robles Gil
Applied microeconomics with a focus on development economics and labor economics. Raissa is interested in understanding how to improve public service delivery in developing countries.
Environmental and natural resource economics, institutional economics, and comparative development.
Labor economics, with a focus on the returns to higher education, gender wage gaps and the impact of technology on the labor market.
Energy and environmental economics and policy, public economics, and industrial organization.
Applied microeconomics with a focus on labor economics.
Labor economics, education, market design, and public finance.
Labor economics and applied econometrics.
Political economy, development economics, and higher education with a particular interest in education financing and vocational degrees.
Development economics and behavioral economics with a focus on household finance.
Innovation studies and agriculture development with particular interest in the impact of agriculture innovation on inequality and the governance of innovation. Regional focus in South Asia and Middle East.
Applied microeconomics with a focus on economics of education, labor economics, and economics of aging.
Applied microeconomics with a focus on criminal justice and inequality.
Development, behavioral, and labor economics. Abraham’s current research interests include the effect of non-cognitive traits on labor market outcomes.
Environmental and energy economics and policy, industrial organization, and applied econometrics.
Labor economics. Specific interest in mass incarceration, immigration policy, family structure, and other issues related to inequality in the labor market.
Public economics, health economics, and labor economics with a focus on the economics of science and innovation.
Energy and environmental economics, development economics and public finance.
Political economy and development economics. Asad is interested in the determinants and consequences of citizens' subjective expectations from the state, citizens' relationships with agents of the state and/or of politicians, and in tolerance and empathy among school children.
Applied microeconomics with a focus on health, development, and labor.
Judgment and decision making, particularly related to gender, experimental, and behavioral economics and its applications to law and negotiation, and labor economics.
Development economics, public economics, and environmental economics.
Development economics, labor economics, and political economy with a focus on natural resources and private sector development.
Development economics, particularly on social security schemes in developing countries, in India specifically.
Labor economics, development economics, and research methods.
Applied microeconomics with a focus in labor economics, health economics, and health policy.
José Ramón Morales Arilla
Political and development economics. José Ramón is especially interested in the political economics of extractive activities, institutional development, macroeconomic policy and private sector development policy.
Emily T. Mower
Operations research and econometrics. Current research in two areas: (1) using optimization models and machine learning techniques to boost retailer revenue and (2) closing the elderly poverty gap through Social Security reform.
International relations and national security; war studies; psychology and strategic decision-making; U.S. foreign policy; conceptions of power; Cold War politics; and post-WWII settlement.
Labor economics, public economics, and education economics, with a focus on higher education policy.
Environmental economics and development economics with a focus on air pollution control policies in India.
Labor economics with a focus on inequality and the economic consequences of criminal sanctions and incarceration.
Public sector labor markets in the United States. Laura studies how collective bargaining affects wages, benefits, recruitment and retention; as well as the political economy of state and local pension and retiree health insurance plans.
Applying the techniques and findings of behavioral and experimental economics to development.
Sarika Gupta Ringwala
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.
Environmental and energy economics; development economics; and political economy.
Development economics. Lauren's research interests include the issues of women and disadvantaged populations, the impact of poverty and inequality on educational and health outcomes, female entrepreneurship, and the role of technology in economic development.
Labor economics and health economics. Interested in how government institutions impact inequality with a focus on social insurance programs and healthcare markets.
Labor and development economics.
Environmental economics and policy, development economics, and applied econometrics.
Environmental and energy economics, industrial organization, and public economics with a focus on developing countries.
International and comparative political economy. Yeling's dissertation examines the politics of adjustment in China's accession to the World Trade Organization, using quantitative text analysis of an original dataset of industry regulations. Her research has been published in Governance, Global Policy, Routledge and the Brookings Institute.
Development economics, labor economics, behavioral economics, and applied econometrics.
Environmental economics, natural resource economics, and development economics.
Structural transformation and employment in developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Also industrial policy, and issues pertaining to gender and labor.
Development economics and the economics of education, particularly the provision and measurement of quality education in rural settings.
Jooa Julia Lee MPP 2010 and PPOL PhD 2015 is using behavioral science to examine organizational behavior. (Photo credit: Jooa Julia Lee)