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.
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.
Seung ah Ha
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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
MA in Economics at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics
B.A in Economics from the University of Chicago
BA in Economics and Mathematics at the University of Toronto