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Postdoctoral Fellows

Economics of an Aging Workforce

Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Adelina Yanyue Wang
Adelina Yanyue Wang, Stanford University

Adelina Yanyue Wang, received her PhD at Stanford University she studies how access to affordable and quality long-term care services for the elderly affects the retirement decisions of their adult children.

Economic Mobility

Supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Santiago Pérez
Santiago Pérez, University of California, Davis

Santiago Pérez is an assistant professor of economics at the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on intergenerational mobility, particularly in Argentina and the United States. He has studied mobility patterns in part by linking large data files, such as Census records, across surveys.

Entrepreneurship

Supported the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

KRISZTINA ORBÁN
Krisztina Orban, University of Chicago

Krisztina Orbán received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on innovation and productivity dynamics in transition economies, in particular in Hungary during the closing decades of the 20th century. She will join the economics faculty at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, after completing her fellowship.

Long-Term Fiscal Policy

Supported by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation

Emilie Jackson
Emilie Jackson, Stanford University

Emilie Jackson received her PhD at Stanford University. She analyzes how the shift from traditional employment to self-employment affects tax revenues and the demand for government benefits. 

Sean Myers
Sean Myers, Stanford University

Sean Myers received his PhD at Stanford University. He studies the funding of state and local defined-benefit pension plans

Training in Aging and Health Economics

Supported by the National Institute on Aging

Victoria Marone Post-doctoral Fellow 2020-2021
Victoria R. Marone, Northwestern University 

Victoria Marrone studies the design and regulation of health insurance markets.  She completed her PhD at Northwestern University.

Francis Wong Post-doctoral Fellow 2020-2021
Francis Wong, University of California, Berkeley 

Francis Wong analyzes how medical debt affects mental and physical health and health care utilization. Wong received his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley.

Training in Disability Policy Research

Supported by the US Social  Security Administration

Adrienne Sabety Post-doctoral Fellow 2020-2021
Adrienne Sabety, Harvard University

Adrienne Sabety obtained her PhD in 2020 from Harvard’s Health Policy Program.  In July 2021, Sabety will join the Economics Department at the University of Notre Dame as a Wilson Family LEO Assistant Professor. Her current work focuses on opioids, including how they are used by older adults and how the exit of opioid prescribers affects patients. More generally, Sabety’s research interests focus on improving the quality, access, and affordability of medical care.

Mingli Zhong
Mingli Zhong, University of Pennsylvania

Mingli Zhong obtained her PhD in applied economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2020 and will be joining the Urban Institute following completion of the RDRC fellowship program. Zhong’s research focuses on the optimal design of retirement policy and social insurance. Along with co-authors, Zhong examines the impact of the first state-run automatic enrollment retirement program in the United States, OregonSaves and finds that the program expands coverage among workers in low-wage, high-turnover industries. Zhong has also estimated the optimal default savings rate in auto-enrollment retirement plans.

Transportation in the 21st Century

Supported by the US Department of  Transportation 

Caitlin S. Gorback
Caitlin S. Gorback, University of Pennsylvania

Caitlin Gorback, who received her PhD at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, is a postdoctoral researcher supporter by the NBER’s Transportation in the 21st Century Initiative. Gorback studies how transportation innovations such as ride-sharing affect the distribution of economic activities in urban areas.

Graduate Fellows

Economics of an Aging Workforce

Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Juliette Fournier
Juliette Fournier, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ingrid Haegele
Ingrid Haegele, University of California, Berkeley
Samir Abdelrashid Elsadek Mahmoudi
Samir Mahmoudi, Georgia State University

Energy Economics

Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Sarah Armitage
Sarah Armitage, Harvard University

Sarah Armitage studies technology transitions and the timing of environmental policy.

Karl Dunkle Werner
Karl Dunkle Werner, University of California, Berkeley
Nafisa Lohawala
Nafisa Lohawala, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Nafisa Lohawala studies the effects of electric vehicle subsidies on vehicle demand.

Kelly Neill
Kelly Neill, Rice University
Aspen Fryberger Underwood
Aspen Fryberger Underwood, Clemson University

Aspen Fryberger Underwood analyzes the factors that affect the adoption and usage of electric vehicles.

Stephanie Weber
Stephanie Weber, Yale University

Behavioral Macroeconomics 

Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Miguel Acosta
Miguel Acosta, Columbia University

Miguel Acosta studies the aggregate demand effects of monetary policy. 

Francesca Bastianello
Francesca Bastianello, Harvard University

Francesca Bastianello explores how partial equilibrium rather than general equilibrium analysis by households and firms can affect macroeconomic fluctuations.

Peter Maxted
Peter Maxted, Harvard University

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation also supports predoctoral fellows studying behavioral macroeconomics.  Peter Maxted of Harvard University,  is examining the effects of business and consumer sentiment in a macro-financial model.

Training in Aging and Health Economics

Supported by the National Institute on Aging

Angie Acquatella
Angie Acquatella, Harvard University
Kevin Connolly
Kevin Connolly, Harvard University
Pragya Kakani
Pragya Kakani, Harvard University
Amanda Kreider
Amanda Kreider, Harvard University
Grace McCormack
Grace McCormack, Harvard University
Carolyn Stein
Carolyn Stein, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Diana Sverdlin Lisker
Diana Sverdlin Lisker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Anthony Yu_edited
Anthony Yu, Harvard University

Training in Disability Policy Research

Supported by the US Social Security Administration

Jonathan Leganza
Jonathan Leganza, University of California, San Diego

Jonathan Leganza uses administrative data from Denmark to study how increasing social security eligibility ages impacts savings. He and his co-author find that this policy leads to longer working lives and the accumulation of more savings in private retirement accounts set aside for shorter retirement time horizons and that employer retirement savings policies play a role in shaping how individuals respond to national policy changes.

Ellen Stuart
Ellen Stuart, University of Michigan

Ellen Stuart studies how the timing of withdrawal decisions from traditional Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) is influenced by two tax penalties faced by account holders: the early withdrawal penalty and the excess accumulation penalty. Stuart finds that for both penalties, there are alternative combinations of age threshold and penalty rate that yield increased welfare and tax revenue, but the increases relative to the baseline policy are very incremental. 

Martina Uccioli
Martina Uccioli, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Martina Uccioli studies job instability and the effects on workers’ life choices, from fertility to disability insurance receipt and retirement behavior. Her work exploits the staggered implementation of an Italian law liberalizing the use of short-term contracts in a context where workers had previously had long-term contracts with high firing costs. Uccioli also studies the other side of the issue, in particular how employment protections for temporary workers affect the direction and nature of process innovation.