2012 Projects

The following candidates were selected for the 2012 ETA Research Papers Program. Their biographies and abstracts are displayed below.

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Andrew Johnston is a Ph.D. candidate in Applied Economics at Wharton, where he studies topics in public economics and labor. His research focuses on using economic tools to optimize policy that alleviates poverty with better markets and education. His current research investigates optimal teacher compensation and the consequences of employment taxes. Mr. Johnston graduated from Brigham Young University with majors in Economics and in Mathematics under Professor Arden Pope. At BYU Mr. Johnston's research was primarily in environmental economics; he also debated on the BYU Debate Team. Mr. Johnston grew up in London and Southern California.

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Ben Zou is currently a Ph.D. student in Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research interest is in the fields of Labor Economics and Urban Economics. In particular, Mr. Zou studies the interactions between local businesses, labor markets, and economic policies. The paper sponsored by ETA Research Paper Program is about the local labor market impacts of military base closures. Originally from China, Mr. Zou got his BE, BA, and MA degrees from Peking University.

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Eliav Danziger is an economics Ph.D. student at Princeton University. He was born in Denmark, and has lived for several years in Canada, the United States and Israel, where he received his BA degree in Mathematics and Economics. Mr. Danziger exposure to these different countries and cultures has led to an interest in understanding how globalization is affecting our world today. His research interests include international trade and immigration that is both how goods move between countries and how people move between countries, just as he did several times. Mr. Danziger current project aims to study the dynamic effects of trade liberalization on the labor market in general both in the short term and the long term, with a particular focus on its effect on skill acquisition.

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Xin Tang was born in Dalian, China in 1986. He received his bachelor’s degree with honors from Zhejiang University in May of 2009. Mr. Tang joined the economics PhD program in Stony Brook University in the fall of 2009. His main research interests are in applied macroeconomics and labor economics. Mr. Tang has taught Principles of Economics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Public Finance and International Economics in Stony Brook University. He also worked as volunteer in the 21st to 23rd Stony Brook Game Theory Festival.
2013 Projects

The following candidates were selected for the 2013 ETA Research Papers Program. Their biographies and abstracts are displayed below.

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Alison Weingarden is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at Georgetown University. She conducts theoretical and empirical research in labor economics; her main research interests are in the areas of employment dynamics and contracting. The empirical paper that she completed for the ETA Research Papers Program is part of her dissertation, which looks at the causes and consequences of mass layoffs. Ms. Weingarden grew up in northern New Jersey and earned a Bachelor's degree in Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University and a master's degree in Decision Sciences from the London School of Economics.

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Carolyn Arcand is originally from Massachusetts and currently resides in southern Maine. She holds a Bachelor’s in Science from Syracuse University and a Master of Public Policy & Management from the University of Southern Maine. Carolyn entered the Public Policy Ph.D. program at the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2009. Her research focuses on women's economic experiences and opportunities.