Brant Abbott

Brant Abbott is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He is a macroeconomist working on inequality, human capital, and education decisions. His work primarily investigates how human capital is interrelated with overall economic inequality. For example, he investigates how economic inequality affects the distribution of human capital in future generations, and how accounting for the value of human capital changes measurements of economic inequality.

Oksana Leukhina

Oksana Leukhina is a macro/growth economist. Within these broad areas, she is interested in topics that overlap with labor and financial economics.

She has contributed to the study of the long-run process of economic development, structural transformation, demographic change and family labor supply. Most recently, Leukhina is interested in questions pertaining to human capital accumulation at college level, working to quantify the amount of uncertainty and returns to college that various students face.

Andros Kourtellos

Andros Kourtellos is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Cyprus. His primary research interests are econometrics, inequality, social mobility, economic growth, and macroeconomics. His work has documented the existence of status traps in intergenerational mobility, which can reduce the impact of favorable shocks or interventions for disadvantaged children and so hinder upward mobility. Recently, he also developed estimation and inference for a structural threshold regression model, which is particularly useful for the estimation of multiple equilibria and poverty traps.

Teodora Boneva

Teodora Boneva is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Oxford. She was previously a British Academy Post-doctoral fellow at the University College London (Department of Economics). Her general research interests include child development, human capital formation, and socio-economic inequality. Her research focuses on the evolution of preferences and skills, and the role of beliefs in educational investment decisions.

Manasi Deshpande

Manasi Deshpande is an assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago Department of Economics and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research interests include the long-term effects of social insurance and public assistance programs and the interaction between these programs and labor markets. Her dissertation on the long-term effects of disability programs received the 2015 APPAM Dissertation Award, the 2015 Upjohn Institute Dissertation Award, and the 2016 NASI John Heinz Dissertation Award. She received a Ph.D.

Martha Bailey

Martha Bailey is a Professor of Economics and a Research Professor at the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. She is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prior to joining the University of Michigan economics faculty, she was a scholar in the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Program. She has served on the editorial board at the Journal of Economic History and currently serves on the board of editors at the Journal of Economic Literature and Demography.

Juanna S. Joensen

Juanna Schrøter Joensen is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Chicago She was previously an Assistant Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics. Her research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of individual human capital investments. It highlights important aspects of heterogeneity in human capital investments and its interaction with institutions and public policies; such as curricula, grading, and study aid schemes.

Sule Alan

Sule Alan is a professor of economics at the University of Essex, UK. After working as a post doctoral research economist in Copenhagen University for a year, Prof. Sule Alan worked at the department of economics in York University, Toronto as an assistant professor until 2006. In 2006, she joined the faculty of economics at the University of Cambridge, UK. She worked at Koc University, Turkey between 2011 and 2013 as an assistant professor before joining the economics faculty at the University of Essex.

Seda Ertac

Seda Ertac is an associate professor of economics at Koc University. Dr. Ertac completed a 1.5-year postdoctoral study at the economics department of the University of Chicago, and joined Koc University in February 2008. Dr. Ertac’s main field of research is experimental economics. Her work explores the malleability of non-cognitive skills and the development of preferences in children, gender differences in economic behavior, and the effects of informational and incentive policies on self-confidence, motivation and performance in organizational and educational settings. Dr.