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Rackham One-Term Dissertation Fellowship

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.

Fall 2022 Recipients:

Agostina Brinatti

Bruna Guidetti is a fourth-year PhD student in Economics at the University of Michigan. Her research interests lie at the intersection of Health Economics, Public Policy and Industrial Organization. Her work focuses on the welfare effects of several features of healthcare markets, such as infrastructure constraints, efficient interaction between public and private health systems, and how regulatory policies can enhance health outcomes. Her work on how hospitals cope with health shocks, such as those created by poor air quality, has recently been published on the AEA Papers and Proceeding, and has a R&R status at The Economic Journal.

She holds a M.A in Economics from the University Michigan, a M.Sc in Economics from the University of Sao Paulo (USP), Brazil, and a B.A in Economics from the University of Brasilia (UnB), Brazil. Her master's research was supported by Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). In 2018 she was a research scholar at Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University. She also worked as a data analyst before joining the PhD program.


Russell Morton

Russell Morton is a Ph.D. candidate Economics at the University of Michigan. His research agenda focuses on industrial organization and development economics, specifically thinking about how market structure and institutional features of markets in low-income countries influence the welfare these markets create and how the welfare is distributed among consumers and firms. Specific studies examine vertical integration and long-term contracts in Indian garment manufacturing, take-up of high-quality pharmaceuticals for malaria in Nigeria, and quality upgrading in Ugandan context markets. He received his B.A. degree in Economics from Princeton University and his M.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan.

Hayley Abourezk-Pinkstone

Hayley Abourezk-Pinkstone is a Ph.D. candidate in her sixth-year of the Economics Ph.D. program at the University of Michigan. She is from Ventura, California and earned her B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Lewis & Clark College in 2017, and her M.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2019. Her background is in microeconomic theory and labor economics, and her research focuses on the economics of education. She is working on research projects studying the impacts of student loan debt on risk-preferences on the job market, and the effects of college admissions policies like test-optional policies and $0 application fees. She is also working on a joint project studying the effects of expanded K-12 school choice in California on student sorting and degradation in public schools. When she’s not teaching or working on research, Hayley enjoys exploring Michigan with her cattle dog mix, Maya.