Leonardo Bursztyn is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on understanding how individuals make schooling, political, and financial decisions, and, in particular, how these decisions are shaped by individuals' social environment. His work has been published in leading journals such as the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the Journal of Political Economy and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.
Keri Leigh Merritt works as an independent scholar in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her B.A. in History and Political Science from Emory University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. (2014) in History from the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on race and class in U.S. history. Merritt’s work on poverty and inequality has garnered multiple awards. Her first book, Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.
Noam Yuchtman is an Assistant Professor at the Haas School of Business at UC-Berkeley and a Faculty Research Fellow at the NBER. He received a PhD in economics at Harvard University, where he studied labor economics and economic history. Noam's research is focused on educational institutions, legal institutions, political economy, and historical development. He has studied these topics in contexts ranging from Victorian England to medieval Europe, to Imperial China, and also in contemporary settings.
Dali L. Yang is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago and the founding Faculty Director of the University of Chicago Center in Beijing. Professor Yang's current research interests include the politics of China's development, particularly regulation, governance, and state-society relations.