These Harris PhDs are on the job market.

The doctoral program at Harris Public Policy prepares students interested in research-oriented careers involving the substantive and institutional aspects of public policy.

Students complete a core curriculum in microeconomics, econometrics, and political economy and select a field of study, such as political economy, labor economics, public economics, health policy, education policy, or applied econometrics. Our doctoral students have close ties with the greater research community at the University of Chicago, and many of our candidates are engaged in the classroom and in workshops at the Department of Economics and Chicago Booth School of Business.

Recent graduates are employed at academic institutions, think tanks, NGOs and consulting firms. Employers include: University of Pennsylvania (criminology), University of California at Irvine (education), University of Virginia (policy), Duke University (policy), University of Notre Dame (economics), University of Illinois at Chicago (economics), University of Minnesota (policy), UCLA (medicine), University of Pennsylvania (education), Princeton University (political science), Wellesley College (economics), the Inter-American Development Bank, Mathematica, the National Opinion Research Center, the World Bank, and the Boston Consulting Group.

2016–17 Job Market Candidates 

Michele Davies, Ph.D. Candidate

Michele Davies

Dissertation Title

Essays in Energy Economics

Research Fields

  • Applied Microeconomics,
  • Energy Policy
  • Technology Adoption

Faculty Advisors

D. Black (Co-Chair), J. Sallee (Co-Chair), R. Rosner

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Luis Herskovic, Ph.D. Candidate

Luis Herskovic

Dissertation Title

Essays in Urban Policy

Research Fields

  • Urban Policy
  • Education Policy

Faculty Advisors

O. Malamud (chair), A. Adukia, D. Black

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Rebecca Hinze-Pifer, Ph.D. Candidate

Rebecca Hinze-Pifer

Dissertation Title

Student Misbehavior: Causes and Implications of School Discipline Practice

Research Field

Education Policy

Faculty Advisors:

S. Raudenbush (chair), O. Malamud, & A. Claessens

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Nayoung Rim, Ph.D. Candidate

Nayoung Rim

Dissertation Title

Essays on Gender Issues in Human Capital Attainment and the Labor Market

Research Fields

  • Applied Econometrics
  • Labor Economics
  • Gender Inequality

Faculty Advisors

D. Black (co-chair), K. Charles (co-chair), & J. Ludwig

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Pallavi Vyas, Ph.D. Candidate

Pallavi Vyas

Dissertation Title

Labor Market Shifts and their Impact on Adolescent Behavior

Research Fields

  • Labor Economics
  • Human Capital Theory
  • Development Economics

Faculty Advisors: 

K. Charles (chair), B. Meyer, & D. Jones

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