Rong Hai is the institute’s resident postdoctoral scholar for the 2013-14 academic year. Her research interests are in public economics, household finance, and the economics of labor and health. Her work has contributed to an ongoing working paper that explores the link between wage and health insurance inequality and endeavors to develop an equilibrium model of worker’s compensation and health care policies.
As a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, Hai was the recipient of a multi-year fellowship from the International Economic Review, as well as a dissertation fellowship from the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession. She was also a Xinmei Zhang Fellow and a Judith Rodin Fellow.
As a complement to her academic experience, Hai served as a Summer Research Fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. In 2008, she was a short-term consultant at the World Bank, working in the Office of the Chief Economist and Senior Vice President.
She completed her PhD at UPenn in 2013. She earned a master’s in economics from the China Center for Economic Research at Peking University in 2007 and a bachelor’s in economics from Fudan University (China) in 2004.
Her visit was supported by a generous gift from Donald R. Wilson Jr., AB’88 that advances fiscal studies.