Becker Friedman Institute
for Research in Economics
The University of Chicago

Research. Insights. Impact. Advancing the Legacy of Chicago Economics.

Priya Shanmugam

Harvard University
2017-18 Health Economics Fellow
9/25/17 6/9/18
Priya is a fourth-year in the Economics PhD program at Harvard. Her research interests lie in the intersection of labor, health, and behavioral economics. Specifically, her research investigates how humans process and simplify high-stakes decisions, the costs of limited bandwidth, and how discretion should be optimally allocated among human and computer decision-makers.
In her current work, she uses administrative data from New York emergency rooms to understand how the rational inattention of doctors affects the cost and quality of health care. In another project, she studies how features of the government research funding system create and exacerbate mismatch between researchers and scientific priorities.
Priya graduated from Dartmouth College in 2013. She regularly performs improv comedy in her spare time.