Graduate Scholars

Past participants in the Graduate Scholars Program

Amanda Agan 

Amanda Agan graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics and a minor in mathematics from George Mason University. Her research interests include crime and economics (specifically as it relates to sex offender registries), industrial organization, and the economics of real estate. Her research focused on the effectiveness of sex offender registries in reducing rates of crime and recidivism. Despite the importance of and controversy surrounding sex offender registries, there has been little empirical research done on their effects.

Using three data sets and designs, she investigated

  • whether the existence of a sex offender registry (or public access to this information via the Internet) decreases the rate of rape and other sexual abuse;
  • if registries reduce the recidivism rate of offenders required to register compared with those who do not; and
  • whether knowing the location of sex offenders in a region helps predict the locations of sexual abuse.

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Genevieve Pham-Kanter 

Genevieve Pham-Kanter was a graduate scholar while pursuing doctoral studies jointly in the Department of Economics and the Department of Sociology. She holds an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering and master's degrees in tropical public health and economics. Prior to graduate school, she spent two years working in southern Africa.

Her research as a graduate scholar was centered on the areas of health, socioeconomic inequality, and discrimination. One strand of her work focused on the biological and behavioral mechanisms through which socioeconomic inequality produces disparities in health and aging. A second strand was concerned with formalizing and testing sociological theories of class distinctions and social interactions that are thought to play a role in economic behavior.

She also studied the role of relative social position on health status. Using a newly available sociological dataset, she examined whether having richer friends and neighbors is good or bad for one's health. She was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University beginning in the fall of 2009.

Min Sok Lee 

Min Sok Lee began studying experimental economics as a student of John List while a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago. In 2008, he graduated and joined the Kenneth and Anne Griffin Foundation in 2008, first as an advisor on their philanthropic endeavors and in 2009 as the Director of Philanthropic Initiatives. Lee holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cambridge in England.

Jorg Spenkuch

Jorg Spenkuch served as a Graduate Scholar for the Price Theory initiative from 2009-2011. A scholar of political economy, labor economics, and applied microeconomics, Spenkuch examines issues related to strategic voting, learning in non-market environments, and on the interaction between religion and political extremism. In his time at the institute, Spenkuch co-authored work examining how a mixed racial background can affect outcomes for adolescents. 
Spenkuch joined the Kellogg faculty in 2013 after receiving his PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago.