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.
Jorge Luis García is an Assistant Professor in the John E. Walker Department of Economics at Clemson University. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Social Science Research Institute at Duke University and a Quintiles Fellow at the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago.
Reuben Gronau is Professor of Economics (emeritus) at the Hebrew University at Jerusalem (Israel). He served as Visiting Professor at UCLA, Stanford University, MIT, The University of Chicago, Columbia University, Princeton, Northwestern, and The New School (Moscow). He has published several books and articles in the area of theoretical and empirical household behavior, labor market participation, transportation economics, and public utilities regulation. He played a major role in in setting the rates of public utilities in Israel (electricity, water, and phone rates).
Kjell G. Salvanes is Professor in Economics at Norges Handelshøyskole (the Norwegian School of Economics), a Research Associate at CEPR, and a Research Fellow at IZA. His research focuses primarily on early childhood experiences and education.
Salvanes received a Ph.D. in Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics in 1989.
Yuzhe Zhang is an assistant professor at Texas A&M University. Prior to his appointment at Texas A&M in 2011, he was an assistant professor at the University of Iowa from 2006 to 2011. His expertise lies in mechanism design and macroeconomics. He has published articles in international journals including Theoretical Economics, Journal of Economic Theory and Journal of Mathematical Economics.
Zhang received his B.A. in economics from Wuhan University, China, and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Minnesota in 2006.
Jane Waldfogel is the Compton Foundation Centennial Professor at Columbia University School of Social Work and a visiting professor at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics. She has written extensively on the impact of public policies on child and family well-being.
Alessandra Voena is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and the University of Chicago. Prior to moving to Chicago, she was a Giorgio Ruffolo Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Her research focuses on economics of the family, labor economics, and development economics. While at Stanford, she was a Graduate Dissertation Fellow at the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Studies and was selected to participate in the May 2011 Review of Economic Studies European Tour.
Duncan Thomas is the Robert F. Durden Professor of Economics and Professor of Global Health at Duke University. After completing his Ph.D. at Princeton University, he was on the faculty at Yale, RAND and UCLA. He works on population health, human capital and the family focusing on low income populations and the impact of natural disasters, health shocks and economic shocks. To provide evidence on these questions, he has invested heavily in the design and implementation of complex large-scale population-based longitudinal studies.
C. Katharina Spies is a professor for educational and family economics at the Free University in Berlin and the acting head of the department for "educational economics" at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). She is part of the Research Group of the Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) at the DIW Berlin. Katharina is a member of several advisory boards on the federal and state level. Her main research interest is in the field of early childhood research.
Michelle Sovinsky is a Professor of Economics at the University of Mannheim, a research fellow of the Center of Economic Policy Research (CEPR), an associate of the University of Chicago Becker Friedman Institute, and a research fellow of the Economics Network for Competition and Regulation.