Economics

Alexander  Bell

Alexander Bell

Ph.D. student in Economics

Alex's research addresses questions of how resources are allocated within society with a focus on equality of opportunity. Past research explores factors influencing kids to enter high-skilled occupations and the role of parent income in producing a misallocation of talent.

Alex holds a Bachelors of Science from Brown University in Computer Science and Economics, where he graduated magna cum laude and was awarded the Gordon Lindsay Prize for Outstanding Honors Thesis. 

Ashley  Craig

Ashley Craig

Ph.D. student in Economics
Inequality and Wealth Concentration Ph.D. Scholar

Ashley Craig is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Economics, specializing in public and labor economics. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Sydney in 2009. Before coming to Harvard, he worked as an economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia and as a research assistant at the University of Sydney. The research issues that he is most passionate about relate to inequality and discrimination, including policies that can be used to counter them. His current work focuses on inequality by race, gender and income in the context of education.

Oren Danieli

Oren Danieli

Ph.D. student in Economics
Oren is a PhD student in Business Economics. His primary research interests are income inequality and education. His current research topics include wage polarization, interaction between schools and neighborhoods, identification of good teachers using machine learning and the effect of gifted programs. His previous work explored recent inequality trends in Israel.
He holds an MA in Economics (summa cum laude) and BSc in Mathematics (summa cum laude) both from Tel-Aviv University. 

Ellora Derenoncourt

Ellora Derenoncourt

Ph.D. student in Economics

Ellora Derenoncourt is a graduate student in economics at Harvard University, specializing in public economics, economic history, and microeconomic theory. Her research employs a range of methods to understand the determinants of historical and current inequality, including field experimental and theoretical work on inequity aversion and an analysis of historical institutions like slavery on economic divergence and the distribution of wealth.

Elizabeth Mishkin

Elizabeth Mishkin

Ph.D. student in Economics

Elizabeth Mishkin is a doctoral student in the Economics Department specializing in labor economics.  Her research interests include family labor supply, the minimum wage, and access to higher education.  She graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University with a B.A. in Quantitative Economics and spent a year as a visiting student at Pembroke College, Oxford.  Prior to graduate school she worked at Cornerstone Research, an economic consulting firm.

Alexandra Roulet

Alexandra Roulet

Ph.D. student in Economics

Alexandra Roulet is a PhD student in the Economics department. Her research interests lie at the intersection of labor economics, public finance and macroeconomics.

Prior to joining Harvard University, she studied in France at the Ecole Normale Superieure and at the Paris School of Economics. She is the author of a book with Philippe Aghion on how government intervention can foster economic growth and innovation and yet promote a cohesive society, Repenser l'État. Pour une social-démocratie de l'innovation (Seuil, 2011).

Ryan Sakoda

Ryan Sakoda

Ph.D. student in Economics

Ryan grew up in Huntington Beach, CA and graduated from UC Berkeley in 2003 with a B.A. in economics. After college, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine from 2004-2006 where he taught economics and English to high school and college students. In the 2006-2007 academic year, Ryan completed the M.Sc. in economics at the London School of Economics as a Fulbright Scholar. Upon his return to the U.S., Ryan began law school at Yale where he received his law degree in 2012.

Ryan plans to dedicate his academic career to learning how policing, sentencing policy, and prisons affect poverty and inequality in America.

Heather Sarsons

Heather Sarsons

Ph.D. student in Economics

Heather is a third-year graduate student in Economics specializing in labour and behavioural economics. Her research focuses primarily on gender and race inequality in the labour market. She is currently working on projects that look at the behavioural effects of affirmative action and how discrimination might arise when people work in groups.

Heather received her BA in Economics from the University of British Columbia and spreads pro-Canadian propaganda in her spare time.

Hannah Shaffer

Hannah Shaffer

Ph.D. student in Economics
Inequality and Wealth Concentration Ph.D. Scholar

Hannah Shaffer is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Economics, focusing on applied theory topics in labor and public economics. She also intends to pursue a joint JD/PhD while at Harvard. She received her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, with majors in political theory and economics. Before beginning the PhD program, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Her current work centers on the causes of inequality in labor market outcomes and in education.