Liana Wang is a junior from Houston majoring in Economics and a member of the Schell Center’s Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights. Driven by her own experiences as part of low-income, vulnerable immigrant communities, she is primarily interested in poverty alleviation and income inequality, with a focus on welfare, tax, and education policy. She has worked for the U.S.
Liana Wang is conducting research with the advising of Professor of Economics Costas Meghir on how the U.S. tax and welfare system affects income inequality on a national scale. Her project focuses on how measures of inequality shift by imputing national and state taxes and transfers using data from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement of the Current Population Survey from 1977 to the present. Liana is a senior majoring in Economics and a member of the Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights at Yale Law School.
Ebonya Washington is the Samuel C. Park Jr. Professor of Economics. She received her PhD in economics at MIT in 2003. She specializes in public finance and political economy with research interests in the interplay of race, gender and political representation; the behavioral motivations and consequences of political participation and the processes through which low income Americans meet their financial needs. Her work has appeared in the American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.
Steven Wilkinson, Nilekani Professor of India and South Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Steven I. Wilkinson is Nilekani Professor of India and South Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science and International Affairs.
Mr. Wilkinson served as Connecticut’s Chief Performance Officer, a cabinet level role in which he set up interagency data sharing and performance management systems to build a more effective government. In a previous role, as head of the White House Office of Social Innovation under President Obama, he led efforts in favor of results-driven government and the use of data and data science for the public good.
Jennifer Wu is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science. She is interested in political behavior, public opinion, and representation of voter preferences. Her MSc thesis examined the issue of voter suppression and preferences for franchise extension via a game theoretic framework. Prior to starting the PhD, Jen worked as a statistician in ISPS Health studying the political economy of healthcare. Jen holds a MSc Economics from University College London and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently the Manager of the ISPS Behavioral Research Lab.
Pengpeng Xiao is a PhD student in the Economics Department at Yale. She has broad interests in structural microeconomics and labor economics. Her current research investigates the factors affecting the diverging wage paths of men and women over the course of their careers, and examines policies that aim to reduce gender inequality at the workplace. As an ISPS fellow, she will take a structural approach to quantify the role played by employers in driving the gender wage gap in the US.
As a Dahl Scholar, Zach Young worked with Professor Alan Gerber exploring the implications of institutional federalism on the transparency of the democratic process. His finding were that federalism can obfuscate accountability for public officials, but also limit jurisdictional mismatches in policy-making.