Predoctoral Research Professionals

The BFI Predoctoral Research in Economics Program (PREP) serves as a bridge between college and graduate school to provide those with an interest in economics or another quantitative social science with work experience prior to continuing their education.
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    Luca Adorni

    , Faculty Supervisor: Evan Rose
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    Dylan Baker

    BA in Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and History at University of Kentucky, Faculty Supervisor: Joshua Gottlieb
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    Marion Carr

    B.A. in Economics at Swarthmore College, Faculty Supervisors: Marianne Bertrand and Chang-Tai Hsieh
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    Bin Cheng

    Research Professional , Macro Finance Research Program
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    Michelle Cherian

    Research Professional, Development Innovation Lab
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    Terry Culpepper

    B.A. in Economics at The University of Chicago, Faculty Supervisors: Ali Hortacsu and Chad Syverson
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    Gaia Gaudenzi

    B.S. in Economics and Business at Bocconi University; M.S. in Economics and Government at Bocconi University, Faculty Supervisor: Anne Karing and Rachel Glennerster
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    Jonah Gilbert

    , Faculty Supervisor: Amir Jina
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    Hongchang Guo

    B.A. in Economics (Mathematical Economics and Mathematical Finance) from Central University of Finance and Economics; M.A. in Economics from Duke University, Faculty Supervisors: Azeem Shaikh and Max Tabord-Meehan
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    Max Hippold

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    Reigner Kane

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    Uditi Karna

    B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago, Faculty Supervisor: John List
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    Haoran Li

    B.A. in Philosophy, Economics; B.S. in Statistics, Master's in Statistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Supervisors: Ali Hortacsu and Chad Syverson
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    Marcus Lim

    M.A. in Economics from the University of British Columbia, B.A. in Economics from the National University of Singapore, Faculty Supervisor: Magne Mogstad
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    Richard Lu

    B.A.in Economics at University of Chicago, Faculty Supervisor: Fiona Burlig
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    Selene Cueva Madrid

    Research Professional, Development Innovation Lab
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    Bruno Maguida

    B.A. in Economics at Princeton University, Faculty Supervisor: Chris Blattman
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    Purushottam Mohanty

    B.A. in Economics from University of Delhi; M.S. in Economics from Paris School of Economics, Faculty Supervisor: Oeindrila Dube
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    Matthew Neils

    B.A. in Economics at Swarthmore College, Faculty Supervisor: Michael Greenstone
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    Vaidehi Parameswaran

    B.A. in Economics at Lady Shri Ram College for Women; M.A. in Economics at Columbia University, Faculty Supervisor: Josh Gottlieb
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    Haomin Qin

    Research Professional, Macro Finance Research Program
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    Lina M. Ramirez

    M.A. and B.A. in Economics from Universidad de Los Andes, Faculty Supervisor: John List
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    Marcia Ruiz

    B.A. in Economics at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru , Faculty Supervisor: Manasi Deshpande
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    Becky Scurlock

    Research Professional, Development Innovation Lab
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    Rathan Sudheer

    Research Professional, Development Innovation Lab
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    Sara Restrepo Tamayo

    Research Professional , Development Innovation Lab
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    Santiago Velasquez

    Research Professional, Development Innovation Lab
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    Arnstein Vestre

    B.S. in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Oslo, Faculty Supervisor: Magne Mogstad
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    Linghui Wu

    B.A. in Economics at University of International Business and Economics; M.A. in Computational Social Science at the University of Chicago, Faculty Supervisors: Jonathan Dingel and Felix Tintelnot
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    Haoyang Xie (Stan)

    B.A. in Economics at Peking University; M.A. Masters of Arts in Public Policy with Certificate in Research Methods at University of Chicago, Faculty Supervisors: Leo Bursztyn
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    Mengdi Zhang

    B.S. in Computer Science and Quantitative Social Analysis from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; M.A. in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences from Columbia University, Faculty Supervisor: Zhiguo He
  • Luca Adorni

    , Faculty Supervisor: Evan Rose

    Dylan Baker

    BA in Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and History at University of Kentucky, Faculty Supervisor: Joshua Gottlieb

    Dylan Baker is a Predoctoral Research Professional working in the Becker Friedman Institute’s Health Economics Initiative. He works under Professor Joshua Gottlieb on projects related to health economics, including topics such as healthcare labor markets. He earned his bachelor’s degrees from the University of Kentucky in economics, political science, psychology, and history.

    Marion Carr

    B.A. in Economics at Swarthmore College, Faculty Supervisors: Marianne Bertrand and Chang-Tai Hsieh

    Marion Carr is a Predoctoral Research Professional at the Becker Friedman Institute working with Chang-Tai Hsieh and Marianne Bertrand. She graduated from Swarthmore College in 2022 with an honors major in Economics and an honors minor in Philosophy.

    Bin Cheng

    Research Professional , Macro Finance Research Program
    Bin Cheng is a Predoctoral Research Professional in the Macro Finance Research (MFR) Program at the Becker Friedman Institute, working with Professor Lars Peter Hansen on research projects related to macroeconomic modeling and uncertainty related to climate change. His interest lies in computational and behavorial economics. Bin holds a MSc in Economics from Toulouse School of Economics, BS in Mathematics and BA in Economics from Renmin University of China.

    Michelle Cherian

    Research Professional, Development Innovation Lab

    Michelle Cherian is Predoctoral research professional at DIL. In her current position, she will be supporting lead researcher Akito Kamei and professor Elisa M. Maffioli on a scaled-up chlorine coupon program in Kenya, while also supporting efforts to study the feasibility of setting up similar programs in India and Nigeria. She has previously worked as a data research assistant on gender-related projects at Oxford University as well as a policy consultant in the education space at the OECD. She has also led a large-scale RCT in Punjab and Haryana in India as a research associate at J-PAL SA, supervising implementation-monitoring, managing field teams, and working on survey design, data collection and analysis. Michelle completed her master’s degree in Economics and Public policy from the Paris School of Economics and her bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.

    Contact: cherianm@uchicago.edu

    Terry Culpepper

    B.A. in Economics at The University of Chicago, Faculty Supervisors: Ali Hortacsu and Chad Syverson

    Gaia Gaudenzi

    B.S. in Economics and Business at Bocconi University; M.S. in Economics and Government at Bocconi University, Faculty Supervisor: Anne Karing and Rachel Glennerster

    Gaia is working as a predoctoral researcher with professors Rachel Glennerster and Anne Karing on a project related to vaccination in Sierra Leone. She earned her bachelor at Bocconi University in Economics and Business and a Double Degree from Bocconi University and SciencesPo in Economics and Business and International Economic Policy. Before joining BFI, she worked in Bangladesh as a Research Coordinator with BRAC on an RCT aiming to reduce Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). She also worked at Bocconi University in Italy on education, specifically on how to mitigate the learning loss caused by the pandemic. Her research interests lie at the intersection between behavioral, development economics and public policy. In her free time, Gaia likes photography and gardening.

    Jonah Gilbert

    , Faculty Supervisor: Amir Jina

    Hongchang Guo

    B.A. in Economics (Mathematical Economics and Mathematical Finance) from Central University of Finance and Economics; M.A. in Economics from Duke University, Faculty Supervisors: Azeem Shaikh and Max Tabord-Meehan

    Hongchang Guo is a Research Professional at the Becker Friedman Institute, working with Professor Azeem Shaikh and Professor Max Tabord-Meehan on research projects related to econometric theory, including topics such as experimental design and policy learning. Hongchang holds an M.A. in Economics from Duke University, B.A. in Economics (Mathematical Economics and Mathematical Finance) from Central University of Finance and Economics.

    Max Hippold

    Reigner Kane

    Uditi Karna

    B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago, Faculty Supervisor: John List

    Uditi Karna is a Predoctoral Research Professional in the Chicago Experiments Initiative led by Professor John List. She currently assists on field experimental projects testing the effects of educational interventions over time, as well as the efficacy of cognitive and non-cognitive treatments on skill formation in Chicago middle school students. Her interest in experimental economics grew as she conducted her own research on systemic discrimination in South Asia, while simultaneously working and developing her skills as an undergraduate RA on List’s team. She has particular interest in persistent inequality, human capital development, and disparities in economic opportunity. Uditi received her B.A. in Economics with a specialization in Data Science and a minor in Statistics from the University of Chicago in 2020.

    Haoran Li

    B.A. in Philosophy, Economics; B.S. in Statistics, Master's in Statistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Supervisors: Ali Hortacsu and Chad Syverson

    Marcus Lim

    M.A. in Economics from the University of British Columbia, B.A. in Economics from the National University of Singapore, Faculty Supervisor: Magne Mogstad

    Marcus Lim is a Predoctoral Research Professional at the Ronzetti Initiative for the Study of Labor Markets working with Professor Magne Mogstad on projects related to the study of labor markets. Marcus is interested in labor economics, especially on how labor markets are shaped. Marcus holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of British Columbia and a B.A. in Economics from the National University of Singapore.

    Richard Lu

    B.A.in Economics at University of Chicago, Faculty Supervisor: Fiona Burlig

    I am interested in working at the intersection of urban, environmental, and development economics. I believe EPIC  is the perfect environment where I can examine, in an empirical manner, the unique problems that we face in the 21st century. Here, I can explore my academic interests and find a supportive, close-knitted community of individuals to learn from and grow together. Outside of economics, I enjoy Renaissance history, architecture, and musicals.

    Selene Cueva Madrid

    Research Professional, Development Innovation Lab

    Selene Cueva Madrid is a Research Professional at DIL working on the scaling-up of a chlorine coupon program in Kenya. Before joining the Lab, she completed her M.A. in Economics at Boston University. Previously, she worked at J-PAL LAC in the evaluation of multiple programs of labor markets, disabilities, education and gender in different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. Before that, she worked as a research assistant at the Group for the Analysis of Development (GRADE) in Peru. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru.

    Contact: cueva@uchicago.edu

    Bruno Maguida

    B.A. in Economics at Princeton University, Faculty Supervisor: Chris Blattman

    Purushottam Mohanty

    B.A. in Economics from University of Delhi; M.S. in Economics from Paris School of Economics, Faculty Supervisor: Oeindrila Dube

    Purushottam Mohanty is a Becker Friedman Institute Pre-Doctoral Research Professional working under Professor Oeindrila Dube on a variety of topics in the space of political economy. He is interested in pursuing research in the field of development economics and political economy. Previously, he worked as a Senior Data Associate at Good Business Lab. Purushottam earned his MS in Economics from the Paris School of Economics and BA in Economics from the University of Delhi.

    Matthew Neils

    B.A. in Economics at Swarthmore College, Faculty Supervisor: Michael Greenstone

    I am originally from Michigan, and was first motivated to engage with environmental issues by the various forms of chemical and industrial water degradation occurring in my home state. At Swarthmore, I was able to use economic tools to study interventions intended to limit water use in drought-prone areas, the political impacts of wildfire exposure, and a variety of other topics that deepened my interest in these areas and gave me a sharper appreciation of their human impacts.

    Vaidehi Parameswaran

    B.A. in Economics at Lady Shri Ram College for Women; M.A. in Economics at Columbia University, Faculty Supervisor: Josh Gottlieb

    Haomin Qin

    Research Professional, Macro Finance Research Program

    Haomin Qin is a Predoctoral Research Professional in the Macro Finance Research (MFR) Program at the Becker Friedman Institute, working with Professor Lars Hansen on research projects related to macroeconomic modeling and asset pricing. Haomin holds an M.A. in Social Science with a concentration in Economics from the University of Chicago.

    Lina M. Ramirez

    M.A. and B.A. in Economics from Universidad de Los Andes, Faculty Supervisor: John List

    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.

     

    Marcia Ruiz

    B.A. in Economics at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru , Faculty Supervisor: Manasi Deshpande

    Becky Scurlock

    Research Professional, Development Innovation Lab

    Becky Scurlock is a Research Professional at DIL. She recently completed her studies at the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Economics, a B.S. in Statistics, and a M.S. in Statistics. Her current work focuses on education and Bayesian statistics, though she is also interested in political economy. Before coming to DIL, Becky worked with Dr. Ishan Nath at the Energy Policy Institute (EPIC) and Professor Oeindrila Dube at the Harris School of Public Policy.

    Contact: rscurlock@uchicago.edu

    Rathan Sudheer

    Research Professional, Development Innovation Lab

    Rathan Sudheer is a Research Professional at DIL. He is currently working to support the agriculture projects in Kenya. He previously worked with EPIC India as a Senior Research Associate for three years where he supported multiple research projects at the intersection of energy and climate change. Rathan holds a masters degree in Public Policy and Governance from Azim Premji University, India.

    Contact: rsudheer@uchicago.edu

    Sara Restrepo Tamayo

    Research Professional , Development Innovation Lab

    Sara Restrepo Tamayo is a Research Professional at DIL. She holds an MPP and MA in Economics from Universidad del Rosario, from Bogotá, Colombia. She has previously worked at the InterAmerican Development Bank, Innovations for Poverty Action, and the Central Bank of Colombia. She has worked on RCTs looking to reduce the gap in STEM between K-12 girls and boys, the RECOVR project, and measuring the impact of VAT devolution to the poorest in expenditure outcomes.

    Santiago Velasquez

    Research Professional, Development Innovation Lab

    Santiago Velasquez is a Research Professional at DIL in educational research projects in South America and Africa. Prior to coming to Chicago, Santiago worked as a Research Assistant for UC Berkeley Ph.D. Student Arlen Guarin and UCLA Professor Juliana Londoño-Velez assessing the impact of the Colombian reparation program for victims of the armed conflict. He has also previously worked as RA for Professor Jorge Tamayo and as an intern in the Colombian Central Bank. Santiago is completing his master’s degree at EAFIT University in Colombia and holds a bachelor’s in Economics from the same institution.

    Contact: svelasquez1@uchicago.edu

    Arnstein Vestre

    B.S. in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Oslo, Faculty Supervisor: Magne Mogstad

    Arnstein Vestre is a Predoctoral Research Professional for Prof. Magne Mogstad on the Ronzetti Initiative for the Study of Labor Markets, assisting with projects in labor economics, such as analyzing the pass-through of economic shocks on workers and firm owners, and the effects of unionization and education. In addition to labor economics, he is interested in the the analysis of income and wealth inequality. Arnstein graduated from the University of Oslo, with a bachelor degree in Mathematics and Economics with specialization in economic analysis.

     

    Linghui Wu

    B.A. in Economics at University of International Business and Economics; M.A. in Computational Social Science at the University of Chicago, Faculty Supervisors: Jonathan Dingel and Felix Tintelnot

    Haoyang Xie (Stan)

    B.A. in Economics at Peking University; M.A. Masters of Arts in Public Policy with Certificate in Research Methods at University of Chicago, Faculty Supervisors: Leo Bursztyn

    Mengdi Zhang

    B.S. in Computer Science and Quantitative Social Analysis from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; M.A. in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences from Columbia University, Faculty Supervisor: Zhiguo He

    Mengdi Zhang is a Predoctoral Research Professional at BFI-China under the supervision of Professor Zhiguo He, working on projects related to Chinese political economy and finance. She holds a MA in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (Economics) from Columbia University and a BS double majored in Computer Science and Quantitative Social Analysis from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

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    Christine Blandhol

    Faculty Supervisor: Magne Mogstad, Placement: PhD in Economics, Princeton University
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    John Bonney

    Faculty Supervisor: Magne Mogstad, Placement: PhD Economics, Stanford | Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
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    Futing Chen

    M.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago, B.S. in Economics from Central University of Finance and Economics, Faculty Supervisor: Zhiguo He
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    Kwok Yan Chiu

    Faculty Supervisor: Brent Neiman, Placement: PhD in Economics, Northwestern University
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    Michael Cuna

    Faculty Supervisor: John List, Placement: PhD, Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, University of Chicago
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    Yiren Ding

    M.A. from the University of Chicago, Faculty Supervisor: Michael Dinerstein
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    Daniel Fox

    B.S. in Economics and Mathematics from Brigham Young University, Faculty Supervisor: Greg Kaplan
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    Maximiliano Gonzalez

    B.S. in Industrial Engineering, Diploma in Mathematical Engineering at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; M.A. in Social Sciences, concentration in Economics at the University of Chicago
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    Seung ah Ha

    M.S. in Statistics from the University of Chicago, B.A. in Applied Statistics from Yonsei University, Faculty Supervisors: Brent Neiman and Felix Tintelnot
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    Hyong-gu Hwang

    B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from The College of Wooster, Faculty Supervisors: Pietro Tebaldi and Alexander Torgovitsky
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    Xianglong Kong

    M.A. in Social Sciences (Economics) at The University of Chicago and B.S. in Mathematical Economics and Finance at Central University of Finance and Economics., Faculty Supervisor: Felix Tintelnot
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    Omkar Katta

    B.A. in Mathematical Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, Faculty Supervisors: Alexander Torgovitsky and Guillaume Pouliot
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    Santiago Lacouture

    M.A. and B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Government and Public Affairs from Universidad de Los Andes, Faculty Supervisors: Magne Mogstad and Ingvil Gaarder
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    Isaac Liu

    B.S. in International Political Economy from Georgetown University, Faculty Supervisors: Christina Patterson and Joe Vavra
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    Ariel Listo

    M.S. in Economics from the University of Maine and B.A. in Economics from St. Thomas University, Faculty Supervisor: John List
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    Anya Marchenko

    Faculty Supervisor: Steven Levitt, Placement: Center for Effective Global Action, UC Berkeley
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    Maria Milosh

    Faculty Supervisors: Konstantin Sonin and Austin Wright, Placement: MS in Computational Analysis & Public Policy, Harris Public Policy
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    Adam Oppenheimer

    B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago, Faculty Supervisor: Thibaut Lamadon
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    María Alejandra Rodríguez

    M.A. in Economics from the University of British Columbia and M.A. and B.A. in Economics from Universidad del Pacífico, Faculty Supervisor: Alessandra Voena
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    Matthew Schwartzman

    Faculty Supervisor: Alessandra Voena, Placement: PhD in Economics, Yale University
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    Kazuatsu Shimizu

    B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College, Faculty Supervisors: Chang-Tai Hsieh and Erik Hurst
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    Nagisa Tadjfar

    Faculty Supervisors: Erik Hurst and Kerwin Charles, Placement: PhD Economics, MIT | Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
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    Haruka Uchida

    Faculty Supervisor: John List, Placement: PhD, Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, University of Chicago
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    Atom Vayalinkal

    B.S. in Economics, Mathematics, and Statistics from the University of Toronto, Faculty Supervisor: John List
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    Jiaming Wang

    B.B.A. in Accounting and B.A. in Economics from Xi’an Jiaotong University, M.S. in Finance from SAIF, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, M.S. in Financial Engineering from Columbia University, Faculty Supervisor: Lars Hansen
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    Jieyao Wang

    Faculty Supervisor: Lars Hansen, Placement: PhD in Finance, University of North Carolina
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    John Wilson

    Faculty Supervisor: Lars Hansen, Placement: PhD in Finance, MIT Sloan
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    Zhen Xie

    B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Xi’an Jiaotong University, Faculty Supervisor: Guillaume Pouliot
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    Zhenhuan Xie

    Research Professional, Macro Finance Research Program
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    Han Xu

    B.A. in Economics from Chinese University of Hong Kong, Faculty Supervisor: Lars Peter Hansen
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    Menglu Xu

    M.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, B.S. in Economics from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Faculty Supervisors: Brent Neiman, Rodrigo Adao and Rohan Kekre
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    Yifan Xu

    B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Chicago, Faculty Supervisor: Magne Mogstad
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    Jiada Ye

    M.A. in Economics and B.S. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Toronto , Faculty Supervisor: Manasi Deshpande
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    Mingjie Zhu

    M.A. in Economics from University of Chicago and B.A. in Economics from Nankai University, Faculty Supervisors: Jonathan Dingel and Felix Tintelnot
  • Christine Blandhol

    Faculty Supervisor: Magne Mogstad, Placement: PhD in Economics, Princeton University

    John Bonney

    Faculty Supervisor: Magne Mogstad, Placement: PhD Economics, Stanford | Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

    Futing Chen

    M.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago, B.S. in Economics from Central University of Finance and Economics, Faculty Supervisor: Zhiguo He

    Futing Chen is a Predoctoral Research Professional at BFI-China under the supervision of Professor Zhiguo He, working on projects related to Chinese political economy and finance. In addition to political economy, she is interested in labor economics and development economics, especially demography and the role of institutions and geopraphy. Futing holds a MA in Social Sciences (Economics) from the University of Chicago and a BS in Economics from Central University of Finance and Economics.

    Kwok Yan Chiu

    Faculty Supervisor: Brent Neiman, Placement: PhD in Economics, Northwestern University

    MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics at London School of Economics

    Michael Cuna

    Faculty Supervisor: John List, Placement: PhD, Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, University of Chicago

    MA in Economics at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

    Yiren Ding

    M.A. from the University of Chicago, Faculty Supervisor: Michael Dinerstein

    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

    B.S. in Economics and Mathematics from Brigham Young University, Faculty Supervisor: Greg Kaplan

    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.

     

    Maximiliano Gonzalez

    B.S. in Industrial Engineering, Diploma in Mathematical Engineering at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; M.A. in Social Sciences, concentration in Economics at the University of Chicago

    Seung ah Ha

    M.S. in Statistics from the University of Chicago, B.A. in Applied Statistics from Yonsei University, Faculty Supervisors: Brent Neiman and Felix Tintelnot

    Seung ah Ha is a Predoctoral Research Professional in the international economics initiative at BFI, assisting Professor Brent Neiman and Professor Felix Tintelnot on various international finance / trade and international macroeconomics projects. Her research interests include international trade, international finance and labor economics. She earned her M.S. at the University of Chicago majoring in statistics, and her B.A. in applied statistics at Yonsei University.

    Hyong-gu Hwang

    B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from The College of Wooster, Faculty Supervisors: Pietro Tebaldi and Alexander Torgovitsky

    Hyong-gu (Alex) Hwang is a Predoctoral Research Professional at the Becker Friedman Institute working with Professors Pietro Tebaldi and Alexander Torgovitsky. Hyong-gu assists with the development of statistical packages for demand estimation in discrete choice models and with projects analyzing the industrial organization of healthcare markets. His research interests are in household finance, educational inequality, and market structure and pricing. Hyong-gu graduated from The College of Wooster in 2020 with a double major in economics and mathematics.

    Xianglong Kong

    M.A. in Social Sciences (Economics) at The University of Chicago and B.S. in Mathematical Economics and Finance at Central University of Finance and Economics., Faculty Supervisor: Felix Tintelnot

    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.

    Omkar Katta

    B.A. in Mathematical Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, Faculty Supervisors: Alexander Torgovitsky and Guillaume Pouliot

    Omkar A. Katta is a Predoctoral Research Professional at the Big Data Initiative of the Becker Friedman Institute. He works with Drs. Alexander Torgovitsky and Guillaume Pouliot on methodological research in causal inference and econometric theory. Omkar graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Mathematical Economics with Distinction and minors in Statistics and Creative Writing.

    Santiago Lacouture

    M.A. and B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Government and Public Affairs from Universidad de Los Andes, Faculty Supervisors: Magne Mogstad and Ingvil Gaarder

    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.

     

    Isaac Liu

    B.S. in International Political Economy from Georgetown University, Faculty Supervisors: Christina Patterson and Joe Vavra

    Isaac Liu is a Predoctoral Research Professional  working under Profs. Christina Patterson and Joe Vavra. He has worked on a variety of projects on topics such as unemployment insurance replacement rates during the Coronavirus pandemic, the path dependent effects of monetary policy on mortgage refinancing, and the phenomenon of national, firm-wide wage setting. His personal research interests are in public economics, development, and finance. Isaac received his BS from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he majored in International Political Economy with a minor in Mathematics.

    Ariel Listo

    M.S. in Economics from the University of Maine and B.A. in Economics from St. Thomas University, Faculty Supervisor: John List

    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.

    Anya Marchenko

    Faculty Supervisor: Steven Levitt, Placement: Center for Effective Global Action, UC Berkeley

    B.A in Economics from the University of Chicago

    Maria Milosh

    Faculty Supervisors: Konstantin Sonin and Austin Wright, Placement: MS in Computational Analysis & Public Policy, Harris Public Policy

     

     

    Adam Oppenheimer

    B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago, Faculty Supervisor: Thibaut Lamadon

    Adam Oppenheimer is a Predoctoral Research Professional at the Ronzetti Initiative for the Study of Labor Markets, working with Professor Thibaut Lamadon on projects in labor economics. In addition to labor economics, Adam is interested in applications of overlapping generations models to public finance. Adam graduated from the University of Chicago in 2020 with a degree in Economics.

    María Alejandra Rodríguez

    M.A. in Economics from the University of British Columbia and M.A. and B.A. in Economics from Universidad del Pacífico, Faculty Supervisor: Alessandra Voena

    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.

     

    Matthew Schwartzman

    Faculty Supervisor: Alessandra Voena, Placement: PhD in Economics, Yale University

    BA in Economics and Mathematics at the University of Toronto

    Kazuatsu Shimizu

    B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College, Faculty Supervisors: Chang-Tai Hsieh and Erik Hurst

    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

    Faculty Supervisors: Erik Hurst and Kerwin Charles, Placement: PhD Economics, MIT | Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

     

     

    Haruka Uchida

    Faculty Supervisor: John List, Placement: PhD, Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, University of Chicago

     

     

    Atom Vayalinkal

    B.S. in Economics, Mathematics, and Statistics from the University of Toronto, Faculty Supervisor: John List
    Atom Vayalinkal is working under the supervision of John List. He has a B.S. in Economics, Mathematics, and Statistics from the University of Toronto.

    Jiaming Wang

    B.B.A. in Accounting and B.A. in Economics from Xi’an Jiaotong University, M.S. in Finance from SAIF, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, M.S. in Financial Engineering from Columbia University, Faculty Supervisor: Lars Hansen

    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.

     

    Jieyao Wang

    Faculty Supervisor: Lars Hansen, Placement: PhD in Finance, University of North Carolina

    John Wilson

    Faculty Supervisor: Lars Hansen, Placement: PhD in Finance, MIT Sloan

    Zhen Xie

    B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Xi’an Jiaotong University, Faculty Supervisor: Guillaume Pouliot

    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.

     

    Zhenhuan Xie

    Research Professional, Macro Finance Research Program

    Zhenhuan Xie is a Predoctoral Research Professional in the Macro Finance Research (MFR) Program at the Becker Friedman Institute, working with Professor Lars Hansen on research projects related to macroeconomic modeling and asset pricing, which is also where his research interests lie. Zhenhuan holds an M.A. in Statistics from Columbia University, B. Eng. in Engineering Physics and B.A. in English Language from Tsinghua University.

    Han Xu

    B.A. in Economics from Chinese University of Hong Kong, Faculty Supervisor: Lars Peter Hansen

    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

    M.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, B.S. in Economics from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Faculty Supervisors: Brent Neiman, Rodrigo Adao and Rohan Kekre

    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.

     

    Yifan Xu

    B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Chicago, Faculty Supervisor: Magne Mogstad

    Yifan Xu is a Predoctoral Research Professional working in the Ronzetti Initiative for the Study of Labor Markets for Prof. Magne Mogstad, assisting with projects in labor market studies and applied econometrics. She has research interest in labor economics and the economics of education. Yifan completed her B.A. in Economics (with specialization in Data Science) and Mathematics at the University of Chicago.

    Jiada Ye

    M.A. in Economics and B.S. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Toronto , Faculty Supervisor: Manasi Deshpande

    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

    M.A. in Economics from University of Chicago and B.A. in Economics from Nankai University, Faculty Supervisors: Jonathan Dingel and Felix Tintelnot

    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.