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CID 2001-2002 Graduate Student Fellows

Sonya Anderson, Ed.D. Candidate, Education
Nava Ashraf, Ph.D. Candidate, Political Economy and Government
Sara Byala, Ph.D. Candidate, History
Marcos Chamon, Ph.D. Candidate, Economics
Yu-chin Chen, Ph.D. Candidate, Economics
Michael Clemens, Ph.D. Candidate, Economics
Charles Cohen, Ph.D. Candidate, Economics 
Alexis Diamond, Ph.D. Candidate, Political Economy and Government
Etienne Yehoue, Ph.D. Candidate, Economics and Government
David Evans, Ph.D. Candidate, Economics
Karen Ferree, Ph.D Candidate, Political Economy and Government
Mario Alberto Gamboa-Cavazos, Ph.D. Candidate, Economics
Bryan Graham, Ph.D. Candidate, Economics
Robin Greenwood, Ph.D. Candidate, Economics
Fabia Gumbau, Ph.D. Candidate, Economics
James Habyarimana, Ph.D. Candidate, Economics
Yael Hadass, Ph.D. Candidate, Political Economy and Government
Daniel Ho, J.D/Ph.D. Candidate, Government
Macartan Humphreys, Ph.D. Candidate, Government
Seema Jayachandran, Ph.D. Candidate, Economics
Eben Kenah, Sc.D, Epidemiology
Phanwadee Khananusapkul, Ph.D Candidate, Economics
Maximilian Martin, Ph.D. Candidate, Political Economy and Government
Anna Maria Mayda, Ph.D. Candidate, Economics   
Grant Miller
, Ph.D. Candidate, Health Policy
Vasant Narasimhan, M.D. Candidate, Harvard Medical School
Ben Olken, Ph.D Candidate, Economics
Matthew Price, Ph.D. Candidate, Government 
Alix Peterson-Zwane, Ph.D. Candidate, Public Policy
Christian Pop-Eleches, Ph.D. Candidate, Economics
Marta Ruiz-Arranz, Ph.D. Candidate, Economics
Martin Sandbu, Ph.D. Candidate, Political Economy and Government
Frank Schneider, Ph.D. Candidate, Economics
Monica Singhal, Ph.D. Candidate, Economics
Jasjit Singh, Ph.D. Candidate, Business Economics
Chad Steinberg
, Ph.D. Candidate, Public Policy
Matt Stephenson, J.D./Ph.D. Candidate, Government
Matt Stremlau, Ph.D. Candidate, Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Hermann Tribukait, Ph.D. Candidate, Economics 
Christel Vermeersch, Ph.D. Candidate, Economics
Jeremy Weinstein, Ph.D. Candidate, Political Economy and Government 
Dean Yang, Ph.D. Candidate, Economics
Etienne Yehoue, Ph.D. Candidate, Political Economy and Government
Irene Yackovlev, Ph.D. Candidate, MIT

To view list of CID Undergraduate Fellows, please click here 

CID Graduate Student Fellows Research Interests

Sonya Anderson is currently pursuing her Ed.D. at the Harvard School of Education. She is interested in international education development, and has researched the relationship between teachers' perceptions of gender and achievement, and effective learning and teaching practices. Much of her research also focuses on Benin.


Nava Ashraf
is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics. Her research is focused on the impact of agricultural trade on rural development, specifically in the case of NAFTA and Mexico. She is also interested in the application of behavioral economics to the development field and is working on a project looking at savings and commitment devices among the poor, and a project on the determinants of trust in South Africa, Russia and the U.S.

Sara Byala is a Ph.D. Candidate in History. She is currently conducting research for her dissertation entitled "Collecting Africana: Power and Culture in Twentieth Century South Africa" Her work aims to explore the linkage between government and anti-government policies on "culture" over the course of the twentieth century. 

Marcos Chamon is native of Brazil, pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Economics with a specialization in Development Economics and International Trade and Finance. His research interests include macroeconomic issues for developing countries and emerging market crisis, with regional interest in Latin America.

Yu-chin Chen is a doctoral student in Economics. Her research interests include issues relating to open economies and globalization. Previous research has covered a wide range of international economic issues, from exchange rate behavior and inflation targeting in commodity-based economies, to the political economy of international trade retaliation under the WTO.

Michael Clemens is a doctoral student in Economics. His experience with the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program has led to his interest in development agencies and their adaptation to the changing international economic climate. Among these changes researched by Clemens are shrinking development assistance budgets, increasing private capital flows, increasing importance of water resources, technological changes in health care and information technology, and increasing transborder migration. 

Charles Cohen is a doctoral student in economics. His research interests center on a theoretical understanding of challenges faced by developing countries.

Alexis Diamond is a doctoral candidate in Political Economy and Government. Research interests include the connections between politics, income inequality, property rights, and environmental degradation.

David Evans is a doctoral student in Economics. His research interests include poverty alleviation, international development and inequality. He is particularly interested in poverty alleviation programs, educational inputs on children's performance in schools in developing countries, and in exploring the causes and possible solutions to the income polarization of the developing world. 

Karen Ferree is a Ph.D Candidate in Political Economy and Government.

Mario Alberto Gamboa-Cavazos is a doctoral student in Economics, specializing in Corporate Finance and Asset Pricing & Behavioral Economics. His research interests lie in comparative corporate governance, the study of inefficiencies across financial markets, and the effect of legal reform and laws upon financial development.

Bryan Graham is a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics. His current research interests center on explaining the world distribution of income in terms of multiple equilibria.

Robin Greenwood is a doctoral candidate in Economics, with research interests in open economy macroeconomics, regulation of banking systems, and credit markets.

Fabią Gumbau is a doctoral student in Economics. His current interests are mainly international finanance in developing markets, and methods for modelling learning in macroeconomic settings. Also, he is still researching the interactions of social mobility with the pocess of new technology adoptions in the world. Gumbau is a native of Catalonia (European Union).

James Habyarimana is a doctoral student in Economics. His research interests include capital flows to sub-Saharan Africa, bureaucracy and corruption in Africa, and the provision of information technology in capital scarce economies characterized by excessive risk. 

Yael Hadass is a doctoral candidate in Political Economy and Government. Past research has included effects of international trade and technological change on skill premium in Israel. Current interest is in studying the various effects of international trade policies on the economy as well as studying the process of policy determination.

Daniel Ho is a joint J.D./P.h.D. student between Yale Law School and Harvard University's Department of Government. His research interests are primarily in the field of law and development.

Macartan Humphreys is a Ph.D. Candidate in Government. His current interests include comparative politics, political economy, formal theory; conflict resolution and bargaining in sub-Saharan Africa.

Seema Jayachandran is a doctoral student in Economics. Her interests lie within development economics and include technological progress in developing countries, political institutions, and international migration. Previous research projects have included a study of the Indian software industry, and how emigration of high-skill workers has on local labor market and entrepreneurial activity in developing nations.

Eben Kenah is a doctoral student in Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Phanwadee Khananusapkul is a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics. Her research interests lie in labor and development economics with a particular focus on inequality, immigration and provision of incentives in organizations. Her previous research work included measuring the growth impact of microfinance organizations in Thai rural villages and understanding the economic conditions that give rise to an upfront compensation commonly called "signing bonuses".

Maximilian Martin is a McCloy Scholar in Public Administration, currently pursuing a doctoral candidate in Political Economy and Government. His areas of interests include diffusion and adoption dynamics of business and economic practices, globalization and nationalism, and development theory and paradigms. 

Anna Maria Mayda is a doctoral student in Economics. Her fields of interest are International Economics and Development Economics. Her current research deals with the political economy of trade policy and immigration policy.

Grant Miller is a Ph.D. Candidate in Health Policy. His current research interests include the measurement of health intervention costs and benefits, the role of health service subsidization in escaping poverty traps, the impact of health on economic performance, and the determinants of technological progress in health care.

Vasant Narasimhan is an M.D. Candidate at the Harvard Medical School. He has researched in The Gambia and Calcutta, India where he developed insight into the relationship between health and development. At present, he is interested in children's rights and international health policy. He plans on pursuing advanced study in international health policy and implementations as he completes his medical training. 

Ben Olken is a doctoral student in Economics. His research interests include development and political economy, with a particular interest in corruption. His work focuses on community-based development, and draws on examples from his extensive experience in Indonesia.

Matthew Price is a PhD candidate in Government. His research focuses on the normative issues raised by refugee and asylum policy. He is especially interested in the question of who ought to be eligible for refugee status, and in whether the current refugee regime's bias toward people fleeing persecution is morally justifiable.

Alix Peterson-Zwane is a doctoral student in Public Policy and a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Her research interests focus on the intersection between environment and development, particularly the environmental performance of firms in developing countries; land use change; rural-urban migration; the political economy of climate change; infrastructure provision and the quantification of CO2 emissions and costs. She is currently working on a project aimed at understanding the environmental investment decisions of firms in Venezuela and Brazil and writing her dissertation on the causes of land-use change in the Selva Alta of Peru.

Christian Pop-Eleches is a doctoral student in Economics. His interests include development and the transition of former socialist economies, and in particular, the political economy of small firms in developing and transition economies. Current topics of interest include protection of property rights; contract enforcement; corruption; the incentives of local politicians to provide a proper business environment for small businesses.

Marta Ruiz-Arranz is a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics. Her current research aims at evaluating the impact of two different cash transfer programs in rural Mexico on food security indicators. 

Martin Sandbu is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Program on Political Economy and Government. He has worked for CID and the World Health Organization on projects for the WHO's Commission on Macroeconomics and Health. He is currently working on a project with professor Dani Rodrik examining the relationship between trade policy and productivity growth. His other research interests include behavioural economics, open economy macroeconomics, and questions in theoretical normative economics and political philosophy.

Frank Schneider is a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics. His research interests lie within the fields of corporate and behavioral finance, financial and emerging markets, particularly comparative corporate governance, the study of inefficiencies across financial markets, and the effect of legal reform and laws upon financial development. His current research includes an analysis of the use of private equity in emerging markets.

Jasjit Singh is pursuing a Ph.D. in Business Economics, jointly between the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Department of Economics. His areas of interest include applied microeconomics, innovation, and international development. His current research with Professor Tarun Khanna studies the effects of differences in countries, industries and firms in technological innovation around the world, with particular emphasis on role of multinationals in development.

Monica Singhal is pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics.  Her current research interests include issues related to health and development, particularly markets for health care in developing countries and the relationships between health and socioeconomic outcomes.

Chad Steinberg is a doctoral student in Public Policy. His research interests focus on the international trade and industrial organization aspects of development.

Matt Stephenson is a joint J.D./Ph.D. student at the Harvard Law School and Harvard Department of Government.  His research interests are primarily in the fields of law and development and comparative legal institutions. He is especially interested in the politics of judicial independence in comparative perspective, and the implications of the intersection between politics and law for developing countries and transition economies.

Matt Stremlau is a Ph.D. Candidate in Biological and Biomedical Sciences. His primary research interests focus on the molecular mechanism of HIV pathogenesis. He is also interested in the social impact of HIV/AIDS in China, in particular, the facts unique to China that allow the virus to spread, as well as the impact modernization of the social and political structures contributes to spread of the disease.

Hermann Tribukait is a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, specializing in Corporate Finance, International Finance and Economic Development. His current research focuses on the effects of financial regulation on stock price behavior and market efficiency. In particular, he studies how effective are U.S. financial regulation and U.S. stock markets in deterring illegal insider trading. His research also includes cross-country analyses of financial regulation, corporate governance and market efficiency.

Christel Vermeersch is a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics. She has recently completed a paper entitled "The Importance of Survival in Household Fertility Decisions: an Empirical Test" with Martin Sandbu. Her interests include the influence of economic environment, the mortality and morbidity conditions on child health decisions in developing countries, and the influence of governmental policy on these decisions.

Jeremy Weinstein is a doctoral candidate in Political Economy and Government. His research interests include political economy of development, the interaction of economic and policy reform, and the complex role of international organizations in development policy. His research will look comparatively at Latin America and Africa.

Dean Yang is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics. His research interests include the economics of crime and corruption; foreign direct investment and industrial policy in developing countries; and the impact of global linkages (such as trade, technology diffusion, and telecommunications) on developing countries.

Etienne Yehoue is a graduate student fellow at the Center for International Development and a PhD Candidate in Economics and Government at Harvard University. His research interests are in sovereign debt, risk sharing, foreign direct investment, and political economics.

Irene Yackovlev is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at MIT. She has completed research with MIT Professor James M. Snyder, Jr. on a paper entitled "Political and Economic Determinants of Government Spending on Social Protection Programs."




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