Briana Ballis is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of California-Merced. Her research interests are in labor and public economics. Much of her work focuses on studying the determinants of inequality in education. Through her work, she seeks to better understand how individuals’ educational investment decisions are shaped by their environments and backgrounds, and, in particular how policies or programs that impact vulnerable youth can sere to reduce (or exacerbate) pre-existing gaps in later life.
Daniel Millimet is the Robert H. and Nancy Dedman Trustee Professor in the Department of Economics at Southern Methodist University and a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). His research focuses on the theory and application of microeconometric methods, particularly methods designed to estimate causal effects and deal with measurement error. His applications span a diverse set of topics in labor, environmental, and health economics, as well as international trade.
Gueyon Kim is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is a trade economist, with particular interests in studying the labor market consequences of globalization and identifying the key determinants of inequality in a global economy. In her recent work, she uses the Danish employer-employee matched data to examine the impact of offshoring on worker-firm matching and wage inequality.
Mariana Laverde is a postdoctoral associate at the Tobin Center at Yale University and will be an assistant professor in economics at Boston College starting in the summer of 2021. Her research focuses on applied market design and the economics of education. In particular, she studies the equity gains associated with algorithm-based assignments to allocate seats in public schools, as well as teachers’ dynamic preferences for schools and the geographic distribution of school quality.
Conrad Miller is an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Haas School of Business. He is a labor economist with research interests in firm sorting and discrimination.
Zhixiu Yu is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on labor, health, gender, and public economics. She is particularly interested in how the public insurance programs interact with the labor supply, savings, human capital formation, and welfare of their intended beneficiaries throughout the lifecycle. Her research combines rigorous macro models, rich micro data, and large-scale simulations to explore important problems at the interaction of public policy and individual behaviors in the United States.
Myra Yazbeck is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa. She received her PhD in Economics from Université Laval in 2011. In 2012, she completed a year of post-doctoral studies at McGill University, Department of Epidemiology Biostatistics and Occupational Health, where she developed a research agenda on health inequalities. Yazbeck's dissertation focuses on the impact of social networks on health outcomes. Her research interests are mainly in the field of health economics, social interactions/networks and inequality.
Amanda Agan is Assistant Professor of Economics and Affiliated Professor in the Program in Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. Her research uses both quasi-experimental and field experimental methods to answer policy-relevant questions in criminal justice and labor economics. She has published several papers related to inequality, discrimination, and crime in leading peer-reviewed economics journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the Review of Economics and Statistics.
Alex Imas’s research examines how people learn and make decisions over time. Most recently, he studied how incorrect beliefs both feed into and propagate discrimination. Using formal theory and empirics, he shows that the evolution of discrimination—whether it is mitigated or exacerbated—depends critically on the extent of bias in the evaluation process and people’s awareness of it.
Nayoung Rim is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the United States Naval Academy. Her research interests are racial and gender inequality in education and the labor market. Her research has examined how up-or-out promotion policies affect fertility timing decisions differently for men vs. women, the effectiveness of Title IX in reducing gender disparities in graduate education, and how in-group bias affects the internal dynamics of police departments. Her work has been supported by the AccessLex Institute, AIR, and the Russell Sage Foundation.