Naibao Zhao

Naibao Zhao is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Research Institute of Economics and Management (RIEM), Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE), Chengdu China. His broad research field is empirical microeconomics that integrates economic theory with empirical evidence by using rigorous econometric analysis to study policy-relevant questions. In particular, his research covers a wide range of topics, including inequality, education, and human development.

Nicholas Papageorge

Nicholas W. Papageorge is the Broadus Mitchell Assistant Professor of Economics at Johns Hopkins University. His research focus is on human capital, broadly construed to include education, physical and mental health, socio-emotional skills and genetic endowments. He mainly uses large observational data sets to examine how people invest in their human capital. He also studies variation in the returns to different forms of human capital, for example, by employment sector, racial groups and socioeconomic status.

Fabian Pfeffer

Fabian Pfeffer is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Research Associate Professor in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. He is the founding director of the Center for Inequality Dynamics (CID), leader of the Inequality Lab, and Co-Investigator of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID).

Le Wang

Le Wang is Chong K. Liew Chair and Professor of Economics at the University of Oklahoma. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of Econometric Reviews, Journal of Labor Research, and China Economic Review. He also holds a special term professorship at Jinan University. Prior to joining OU, he has held positions at the University of Alabama, the University of New Hampshire, and University of Minnesota. He was also a Women and Public Policy Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. He received his Ph.D in Economics from Southern Methodist University in 2006 and his B.A.

Laia Navarro-Sola

Laia Navarro-Sola is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Economics at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on human capital and education in developing countries. Her current research investigates the long-run effects of expanding access to secondary education in a developing country context through schools that use televised lessons. Navarro-Sola’s research also examines whether a school’s impact on high-stakes exams is a good measure of its overall life impact on students, and whether parents value high-stakes tests, long-run outcomes, or both.

Manuel Trajtenberg

Trajtenberg has been a Professor of Economics at Tel Aviv University since 1984. Currently he serves as a member of the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament for the (opposition) Labor Party, for which he was candidate for Finance Minister. Prof. Trajtenberg headed the Higher Education system in Israel from 2009 through 2014 (e.g. Chairman of the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council of Higher Education), and prior to that served as (first) Head of the National Economic Council at the Prime Minister Office (2006-2009).

Shuaizhang Feng

Shuaizhang Feng is Professor and Dean of the Institute for Economic and Social Research at Jinan University, Guangzhou China. He is also a Research Fellow at IZA since December 2008. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University in 2006. He has published in journals such as American Economic Review, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Review of Economics and Statistics, and Journal of Business and Economic Statistics.

Josh Kinsler

Josh Kinsler is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at the University of Georgia. Professor Kinsler’s research is focused on the economics of education, both at the primary and secondary levels. At the primary school level, Professor Kinsler has examined the robustness of common value-added models for evaluating teacher effectiveness, racial disparities in school discipline, and the impact of discipline on student and school outcomes. In higher education, Prof.

Jee Peng Tan

Jee Peng Tan retired from the World Bank in December 2013 following a fulfilling 32-year career. She was a Visiting Senior Fellow at the National University of Singapore during July-Dec 2014 where she taught the Business School’s inaugural undergraduate course on Measuring Success in Philanthropy and Impact Investing.

Raj Chetty

Raj Chetty is the Bloomberg Professor of Economics at Harvard University. Chetty's research combines empirical evidence and economic theory to help design more effective government policies. His work on tax policy, unemployment insurance, and education has been widely cited in media outlets and Congressional testimony. His current research focuses on equality of opportunity: how can we give children from disadvantaged backgrounds better chances of succeeding?