Rong Hai

Rong Hai is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Miami. She was previously a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for the Economics of Human Development and Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics at University of Chicago from 2013 to 2016.. Her research interests are Public Economics, Labor Economics, Health Economics, and Household Finance.

Hai received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013.

Ronni Pavan

Ronni Pavan is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester. His research focuses on labor economics, economics of education and urban economics. In particular, he has worked on the relationship between wages and city size. In a separate line of research, he has worked on human capital specificity and acquisition, mainly through occupational choice, major choice and parental investments. He was a member of the Economics Department at Royal Holloway, University of London from 2013 until 2015 before going back to Rochester in 2015.

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 Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Zurich. Previously, she was Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Oxford and 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.