PhD Student

About Derek Wu

Derek Wu is a third-year PhD student at the Harris School of Public Policy. His research interests lie in labor and public economics, focusing on the economics of education, poverty and inequality, and the effects of government programs.

Before coming to Chicago, he worked at the nonprofit group Ithaka S+R in New York, where he conducted research on costs, productivity, and online learning in higher education. Derek has previously worked at the White House Council of Economic Advisers and the National Council for Teacher Quality, and has served as a voting member on the Maryland State Board of Education.

Derek received an A.B. in 2013 from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.