Rackham One-Term Dissertation Fellowships are intended to speed the process of completing the dissertation. Except in unusual cases, they should be awarded to students who are at the writing stage of the dissertation. This will permit candidates to work full-time on the final stages of their dissertations.
Winter 2021 Recipients:
Thomas Brosy is a Ph.D. candidate in economics at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the design and effect of statae and local policies and tax systems. His current reserach seeks to evaluate the effect of state business taxation on business dynamism. He is interested in the local public response to large economic shocks, and how to characterize optimal tax policies and transfers in federalism. Thomas is from Switzerland and graduated from University of Lausanne, Switzerland with a B.Sc. in Economics in 2012 and then received his Master's of Science from the University College of London in 2013.
Robert Venyige is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Economics at the University ofMichigan. His research lies at the intersection of economic history and political economy. Hisresearch focuses on the end of the feudal economic system and the emergence of modern landproperty rights. His research analyzes the disappearance of the feudal economic institutionsand how the emergence of modern, more efficient property rights affected economicoutcomes. He examines the role of market integration in promoting the separation of landlordand serf economies in 19th-century Hungary and how it affected land use and agriculturalincome. He also explores how the improvement in fiscal legibility, that is, the process ofcadastral surveying affected land use and financial development. He received his Universitydiploma in Economics from the Corvinus University of Budapest and an M.A. in Economics fromCentral European University. Previously, he has worked at the Ministry of Finance in Hungary.
Xuan Wang is a Ph.D. candidate in economics from the University of Michigan. He received his M.A. in economics from Peking University and a B.A. in economics from Nankai University. Xuan Wang's research interests is in public finance with a focus on taxation. He is interested in how consumers' and firms' behavior are shaped by tax policies. Xuan's reserach focuses on the stimulus impact of tax holiday on durable consumption and who benefit from that. He is also interested in the impact of tax rate on firm's innovation.