John Bonney is a Predoctoral Research Professional for Prof. Magne Mogstad, assisting with projects in applied econometrics such as the extrapolation of causal effects away from LATEs and problems with two-stage least squares when one uses multiple instruments. In addition to econometric methods, he is interested in spatial public finance and the housing market. John graduated from Brigham Young University, where he majored in economics with a minor in math.
Yiren Ding is a Predoctoral Research Professional at BFI working for Michael Dinerstein, assisting projects in the economics of education with topics ranging from teacher labor markets to competition between schools. Yiren is interested in the strategic behavior of schools and teachers and how it affects students. Before working at BFI, she graduated from MAPSS at the University of Chicago.
Daniel Fox is a Predoctoral Research Professional for the Macroeconomic Research Initiative, working under Dr. Greg Kaplan. He has worked on a variety of projects which include Heterogeneous Agent New Keynesian (HANK) models, monetary and fiscal policy with heterogeneity, and more recently the role that changes in markups play on the overall share of labor and on labor income inequality. His interest in macroeconomics began after seeing the effect the Great Recession had on his hometown and family. This eventually led him to participate in an intensive seven week Open Source Macroeconomics bootcamp, hosted by BFI, where he learned valuable computational tools used in macroeconomics research. Daniel received his B.S. from Brigham Young University, where he double majored in Economics and Mathematics.
Xianglong Kong is a Predoctoral Research Professional on Professor Felix Tintelnot’s research team at BFI, assisting with topics on international trade, industrial organization, and labor economics. Xianglong has particular interests in understanding the role of economic networks. He obtained MA in Social Sciences (Economics) at The University of Chicago and BS in Mathematical Economics and Finance at Central University of Finance and Economics.
Santiago Lacouture is a Predoctoral Research Professional on the Ronzetti Initative for the Study of Labor Markets Team assisting professors Magne Mogstad and Ingvil Gaarder on several projects in Labor and Public economics. Santiago also has related interests in policies and their impacts on the formation of human capital and household behavior. Santiago holds a Master’s and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and Public Affairs from Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia.
Ariel Listo is a Predoctoral Research Professional on John List’s Experimental Economics research team, focusing on the intersection of resource and behavioral economics through field experiments. Most recently, he has worked on projects that aim to understand the effect of non-price interventions on households’ electricity usage and the persistence of such effect over time. He is mainly interested in mechanisms that induce individuals and policy-makers to make environmentally sensible decisions. Ariel holds a M.S. in Economics from the University of Maine and a B.A. in Economics from St. Thomas University.
Maria Milosh is a Predoctoral Research Professional for the Political Economics Initiative at the Becker Friedman Institute. She is assisting Professors Konstantin Sonin and Austin Wright on topics ranging from insurgent fighting strategies to disinformation campaigns on social media. Her academic interests include civil conflicts, protests in authoritarian states, and the effects that the ever-growing social media industry has on collective mobilization, along with its role in propaganda and persuasion. Maria graduated from Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia, where she majored in Political Science.
Lina M. Ramirez
Lina M. Ramirez is a Predoctoral Research Professional on the Chicago Experiments Initiative under the leadership of professor John List. She has worked on projects related to the Joint Initiative for Latin American Experiments (JILAEE) in partnership with the University of CEMA in Argentina, as well as projects related to the science of doing science. Lina became interested in experimental economics after designing and implementing economic experiments as a research assistant at the Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia), where she obtained her MA and BA in Economics with a minor in Law. Lina’s research interests lie at the intersection of development, political economy, and behavioral economics.
María Alejandra Rodríguez
María Alejandra Rodríguez is a Predoctoral Research Professional working with professor Alessandra Voena on the Ronzetti Initiative for the Study of Labor Markets. She assists on research projects that explore how household and labor market decisions are jointly determined. Her research interests are in labor economics, economic theory and econometrics. María Alejandra completed her M.A. in Economics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in 2019. She also holds a M.A. and B.A. in Economics from Universidad del Pacífico in Peru. Prior to her program at UBC, María Alejandra worked as an analyst at the Central Reserve Bank of Peru.
Kazuatsu Shimizu is a Predoctoral Research Professional at BFI, assisting Chang-Tai Hsieh (at the Booth School of Business) and Erik Hurst. He works on topics in the field of Applied Macroeconomic Theory such as innovation, trade, and labor market, providing research assistance mainly with theoretical work. Kazuatsu graduated from Swarthmore College in 2019 with an honors major in Economics and an honors minor in Mathematics.
Nagisa Tadjfar is a Predoctoral Research Professional at the Becker Friedman Institute working with Professors Erik Hurst and Kerwin Charles (at Yale) on topics ranging from the effects of import penetration from China on labor unions and worker bargaining power to economic drivers of voting behavior in the 2016 US presidential election. Prior to working at the BFI, Nagisa spent a year working at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Division. After working with industrial corporations in the immediate wake of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Nagisa grew interested in labor economics and public economics. Nagisa graduated from MIT in 2017 with a double major in Physics and Materials Engineering.
Haruka Uchida is a Predoctoral Research Professional for Professor John List’s Chicago Experiments Group, and works on several field experimental projects in education, skill development, and discrimination. Her main project tests the effects of an education intervention, and is motivated by the fact that even when children have the same inputs such as schooling quality, disparities in academic success persist because of pervasive differences in children’s abilities to utilize these inputs. Haruka received her bachelor’s from Harvard University with a degree in Applied Mathematics and Psychology.
Jiaming Wang is currently a Predoctoral Research Professional for the Macro Finance Research Program. He’s currently assisting Professor Lars Hansen on climate finance and how ambiguity and model uncertainty affect asset prices. Aside from this, he is also interested in financial crisis and topics related to Chinese financial markets. Jiaming has a BBA in Accounting and BA in Economics from Xi’an Jiaotong University, a Master’s in Finance from SAIF, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and a MSc in Financial Engineering from Columbia University.
Zhen Xie is a Predoctoral Research Professional at the Becker Friedman Institute, working with Professor Guillaume Pouliot. He is broadly interested in econometric theory, statistical methodologies, and corresponding nonstandard optimization problems. Recently, he is working on synthetic control methods, spatial econometrics, and computation strategies for a class of econometric problems. Zhen obtained his B.A. from Xi’an Jiaotong University, where he studied economics and mathematics.
Han Xu is a Predoctoral Research Professional on MFR director Lars Peter Hansen’s research team, assisting with topics including climate economics, macro finance and asset pricing. Han became interested in macroeconomics and asset pricing after his gap-year internship at Merrill Lynch assisting industry macroeconomists to study short-term economic fluctuations. Han graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he majored in Finance and minored in Math.
Menglu Xu is a Predoctoral Research Professional in the international economics initiative at BFI, working under the supervision of Prof. Brent Neiman, Prof. Rodrigo Adao and Prof. Rohan Kekre on a variety of international finance and trade projects. Her research interests are in international trade, international finance and labor economics. Menglu earned her MA in economics from the University of Texas at Austin and her BS in economics from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics.
Jiada Ye is a Predoctoral Research Professional for Professor Manasi Deshpande, assisting with projects evaluating government programs such as Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. His research interests also include behavioral economics. Jiada earned his MA in economics, and BS in economics and mathematics from the University of Toronto.
Mingjie Zhu is a Predoctoral Research Professional at the Becker Friedman Institute, working on projects related to international economics and urban economics under the supervision of Jonathan Dingel and Felix Tintelnot. She finished her master’s study at the University of Chicago, where she majored in Economics, and she earned a B.A. in Economics from Nankai University.