Get to know our PhD candidates entering the job market and their job market paper titles, research fields, and faculty committees.

Contact Matthew Baum (political science) or Marcella Alsan (economics) with questions about our PhD in Public Policy (PPOL) and Political Economy and Government (PEG) candidates, and Nicole Tateosian about our PhD in Social Policy candidates.

LAYANE ALHORR (economics track)

Job market paper title: Virtual Windows through Glass Walls? Digitization for Mobility-Constrained Female Entrepreneurs
Fields: Development and labor economics, entrepreneurship, gender
Committee: Rema Hanna (chair), Emily BrezaEdward GlaeserTavneet Suri (MIT Sloan)

MARCOS BARROZO (economics track)

Job market paper title: Market Power and Carbon Emissions in the Amazon
Fields: Environmental economics, international economics, industrial organization
Committee: Joseph Aldy (chair), Gordon HansonMarc Melitz

JACOB BRADT (economics track)

Job market paper title: A Policy by Any Other Name: Unconventional Industrial Policy in the U.S. Residential Solar Industry
Fields: Environmental economics (primary); industrial organization (secondary)
Committee: Joseph Aldy (chair), Myrto KalouptsidiRobin S. LeeAriel Pakes

BEN BERGER (economics track)

Job market paper title: How Do Health Systems Capitalize on Public Programs? Side Effects of the 340B Drug Pricing Program
Fields: Health, innovation, public economics
Committee: Amitabh Chandra (chair), David CutlerMark Shepard

TRIDEVI CHAKMA (economics track)

Job market paper title: The Causes and Consequences of Urban Heat Islands
Fields: Environmental economics, public economics
Committee: Nathaniel Hendren (co-chair), Joseph Aldy (co-chair), Marcella Alsan

ROBERT FRENCH (economics track)

Job market paper title: Gentrification or Neighborhood Revitalization: Quantifying the Welfare Effects of Neighborhood Change on Low-Income Incumbent Residents
Fields: Public economics, urban economics, applied microeconomics  
Committee: Gordon Hanson (chair), Edward GlaeserMark ShepardStefanie StantchevaMatthew Weinzierl

VALENTINE GILBERT (economics track)

Job market paper title: Can Suburban Housing Improve Urban Affordability? Evidence from Residential Vacancy Chains
Fields: Labor, public, urban
Committee: Edward Glaeser (chair), Adrien BilalStefanie Stantcheva

ALICE HEATH (economics track)

Job market paper title: Government Reactions to Local News: Evidence From Child Protection Tragedies
Fields: Labor economics, public economics, and health economics
Committee: Jeffrey Liebman (chair), Marcella AlsanDavid CutlerMark Shepard

ELEANOR KRAUSE (economics track)

Job market paper title: Job Loss, Selective Migration, and the Accumulation of Disadvantage: Evidence from Appalachia’s Coal Country
Fields: Public, environmental, labor economics
Committee: Gordon Hanson (chair), Joseph AldyEdward Glaeser


Job market paper title: The Contingent Reputational Benefits of Selective Exposure to Partisan Information
Fields: Judgment and decision making, experimental economics
Committee: Julia Minson (chair), Christine ExleyJennifer Lerner

LAURA MORRIS (economics track)

Job market paper title: Impact Evaluation, Welfare Comparisons and the Value of Public Funds
Fields: Development economics, public economics
Committee: Nathaniel Hendren (chair), Rema HannaAnders Jensen

MELANIE RUCINSKI (economics track)

Job market paper title: The Effects of Economic Conditions on the Labor Market for Teachers
Fields: Labor, education
Committee: Christopher Avery (chair), David DemingMartin West

EMMA RACKSTRAW (economics track)

Job market paper title: When Reality TV Creates Reality: How "Copaganda" Affects Viewers, Police, and Communities
Fields: Labor, inequality/discrimination
Committee: Will Dobbie (chair), Desmond AngLawrence KatzCrystal Yang

AVERELL SCHMIDT (politics and Institutions track)

Job market paper title: Damaged Relations: How Treaty Withdrawal Impacts International Cooperation
Fields: International relations, methods
Committee: Kathryn Sikkink (chair), Christina DavisKosuke Imai

EMMA SMITH (economics track)

Job market paper title: Stigma and Social Cover: A Mental Health Care Experiment in Refugee Networks
Fields: Development, behavioral
Committee: Rema Hanna (chair), Emily BrezaEdward MiguelGautam Rao

KE WANG (judgement and decision making track)

Job market paper title: Can a Brief Reappraisal Intervention Durably Improve Essential Workers’ Well-being?
Fields: Judgment and decision making, organizational behavior
Committee: Jennifer Lerner (chair), Amit GoldenbergJames Gross



Job market paper title: Fiscal Underperformance and Partisan Coordination: Evidence from Mexico
Fields: political economy, comparative politics.
Committee: Torben Iversen (chair), Alisha HollandHoracio Larreguy (ITAM), Gautam NairPia Raffler

CATERINA CHIOPRIS (government track)

Job market paper title: The Wealth of Knowledge: Spatial Connections and the Diffusion of Ideas
Fields: Political economy, economic history
Committee: Jeffry Frieden (chair), Melissa Dell,  Edward GlaeserTorben Iversen

ANTONIO CORAN (economics track)

Job market paper title: Childhood Environment and Motherhood Penalties
Fields: Public economics, labor economics  
Committee: Stefanie Stantcheva (chair), Nathaniel HendrenLawrence Katz

FRANCESCA MISEROCCHI (economics track)

Job market paper title: Discrimination through Biased Memory
Fields: Labor, gender, behavioral
Committee: Amanda Pallais (chair), Michela CarlanaKatherine CoffmanBenjamin EnkeEdward GlaeserLawrence Katz 

CLARA SIEVERT (economics track)

Job market paper title: Supernatural Beliefs of Illness and Modern Medicine Use: Evidence from a Field Experiment in the DR Congo
Fields: Development, political economy 
Committee: Nathan Nunn (chair), Marcella AlsanEmily BrezaDavid Yang


ALEXANDRA MITUKIEWICZ (sociology and social policy track)

Job Market Paper Title: Job Search and Work Among Older U.S. Workers
Research fields: Work, inequality, social policy, demography, aging, retirement.  
Committee: Alexandra Killewald (chair), Jason BeckfieldNicole MaestasDavid Pedulla


Recent PhD in PPOL, PEG, and Social Policy graduates have accepted academic positions at top institutions such as: Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Harvard Business School, the London School of Economics and Political Science, New York University, Penn State University, Princeton University, Stanford University, Tufts University, University of California, San Diego, Vanderbilt University, and Yale University.

Others pursued analyst or policy careers at the Federal Reserve Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, International Monetary Fund, Millennium Challenge Corporation, United Nations Development Programme, World Bank, nongovernmental organizations, and in the private sector.