Our PhD in Public Policy (PPOL) doctoral students are registered at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and delve into a range of research areas during their time at Harvard.
Our current PPOL students and their areas of interest are listed below.
Development economics and political economy.
Public economics, child welfare, and education policy.
Development economics, industrial organization, and labor economics.
Environmental economics and international trade.
Science and technology studies (STS).
Applied econometrics, health care, economics of innovation, and pharmaceutical regulation.
Development economics and political economy with a focus on gender and governance.
Applied microeconomics of climate and the environment. Interested in applying insights from behavioral economics and industrial organization to the study of climate risk and uncertainty.
Public economics and environmental economics with a focus on the intersection of inequality and the environment.
Judgment and decision making and social psychology with a particular interest in emotions, health/medical decision making, and behavioral policies.
Computational approaches to policy and decision making, criminal justice reform, technology, and national security.
Economics of education, development economics, and behavioral economics.
The empirics of law and judicial politics.
Applied microeconomics with a focus on development, health, and environmental economics.
Development economics and industrial organization with a focus on the role of firms in developing economies.
Development and health economics with a focus on nutrition and WASH in developing countries, and the relationship between discrimination/identity and health behaviors and outcomes.
Public and urban economics with a focus on low-income housing policy and homelessness.
Environmental economics and urban and spatial economics with a focus on the distributional and efficiency consequences of environmental policy.
Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman
Labor economics, behavioral science, and machine learning.
Labor economics, public economics, and behavioral economics.
Public and labor economics. Her research focuses on how social program policy and design impacts children and parents' health, education, and labor market outcomes.
Urban economics, economic history, and mixed methods research.
Public and labor economics with a focus on intergenerational mobility, social capital, and low-income housing.
Applied microeconomics with a focus on labor, health, and wellbeing.
Applied microeconomics, political economy, and labor economics.
Labor and development economics with a focus on Social Security, in particular the design and evaluation of unemployment insurance systems. Roman’s current research focuses on Germany, but in future work he would like to study labor market institutions in regions with weaker governance, especially the Middle East.
Labor, urban, and environmental economics with applications to spatial inequality, population mobility, and the economics of place.
Education, migration and economic development; political economy and state capacity in developing countries; urban and regional economics.
Political economy of social movements and collective action. Representation of women and minorities in the economy and the public sphere.
Science and technology studies, bioethics governance, and policy analysis with a current focus on human genetics and neuroscience.
Environmental economics, climate policy, and labor economics.
Energy/resource/environmental economics, public economics, and industrial organization, particularly how government programs can help to build efficiency and resilience in the electricity market (production, transmission, distribution, and consumption) and enhance reliability, affordability, and sustainability of power supply.
Applied microeconomics with a focus on health, development, and labor.
Health care operations research, stochastic decision making, and operations management.
International trade, industrial organization, and development economics.
Trade, labor economics, and development.
Applied microeconomics with a focus on environmental, health, and public economics.
Science and Technology Studies (STS), standard setting, and AI governance.
Behavioral economics, early childhood and family policy, immigration, and inequality.
Development economics and immigration.
Global trade flows and related security policies.
Judgment and decision making and experimental economics. Specifically, she is interested in how reputational benefits and costs impact decision making in the domains of political polarization and gender.
Labor, public, and behavioral economics, specifically, the impact of information barriers and social capital on inequality, the role of formative experiences in career choice, and mental health in schools.
Development economics and policy, focusing on health and public economics. Particularly interested in resource allocation and evaluations of social programs.
Development, health, and environmental economics.
Labor and education economics with particular interest in policy interventions to reduce gender and racial inequalities in higher education.
Applied microeconomics, economics of crime, and economic history.
Labor markets, especially as they relate to immigration and female labor supply.
Labor economics and public economics with a focus on peer effects and productivity at the workplace.
Guillermo Palacios Diaz
Development economics, public economics, and health economics. Specifically, challenges in health care access and delivery in developing countries.
Development economics, political economy, and behavioral economics.
Public economics, political economy, and development. Rafael's research goal is to help developing countries tax and spend money in way that promotes growth and improves income distribution.
Labor economics, public economics, and applied econometrics. Specific interests in how governments can intervene optimally to support work in a changing economy, the design of social welfare and insurance programs, and social determinants of health.
Labor economics with a focus on discrimination and criminal justice. Interested in how policy reforms affect systemic inequality in the United States.
Political economy of development and Science and Technology Studies (STS).
Education and labor economics with a focus on K-12 education policy and teacher labor markets.
Labor economics and public finance with a focus on the intersections of poverty, race, inequality, and gender. Interested specifically in neighborhood sorting, neighborhood effects, and U.S. housing policy.
International relations, international law, and applied statistics.
Science, Technology, and Society (STS) and development economics.
Development and behavioral economics with interests in forced displacement and social networks.
Behavioral economics, behavioral public policy, and development. Interested in the role of political and economic beliefs.
Development economics, labor economics, and political economy.
Applied microeconomics, labor economics, and economics of education.
Environmental/natural resource economics, labor economics, applied microeconomics, and sustainable development.
Homeland security and international conflict, specifically as it relates to terrorism and nuclear weapons.
Jessica Van Meir
Comparative politics and sociology with a regional focus on Latin America. Interested in informal labor, urban politics, social movements, and gender and sexuality.
Development, behavioral, and labor economics, particularly in the context of education and the psychology of poverty.
Judgment and decision making, and social psychology, particularly on emotions and motivations.
Public and labor economics.
Public and labor economics with a focus on criminal justice and inequality.
Economics of inequality, education, and labor markets.
Environmental, urban, and development economics