William Haber Graduate Fellowships are a core component of MITRE and a critical resource for our doctoral program. Named in honor of William Haber, a former chair of the Economics Department and dean of the College of Literature, Sciences and the Arts, a towering figure in Michigan political and economic history and a major influence in national economic policymaking, these fellowships make it possible for the Department to be highly competitive in recruiting top doctoral students to the University of Michigan.
Candidate Level 2020-2021 Recipients:
Louis-Pierre Lepage is a six year graduate student in the Department of Economics at the University of Michigan. His fields of specialization are labor economics and applied microeconomics. His research focuses on measuing racial discrimination as well as identifying its underlying causes and ways to mitigate its impacts. Before the University of Michigan, he obtained a Master's degree from Queen's University in Ontario, Canada and a Bachelor of Business Administration from HEC Montreal.
Matthew Wilson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Economics. His fields of interest are macroeconomics and public economics. His research has focused on state and local government finances and fiscal policy, federalism, and the effects of national economic policies on states and localities. He received an M.A. in Economics from the Univerisity of Michigan and a B.A. in Mathematical Economics from the University of Kentucky.
First Year Recipients:
Born in Columbia, Missouri, Utsav moved to India at a young age. He has recently completed his Integrated M.A. in Economics from the University of Hyderabad, India. He has conducted research on topics such as the Heckscher-Ohlin theory, pollution haven hypothesis and more recently on the issue of extended producer responsibility in India. His hobbies include watching soccer, comedy and thrillers. His current interests lie in the area of game theory and microeconomics with a particular focus on the economics of innovation. He is looking forward to exploring new areas and topics during his program at the University of Michigan.
Neil Christy received his MSc. in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University and his B.A. in political economy from Georgetown University. Prior to enrollment in the PhD program, he worked as a research assistant at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the University of Michigan, focusing on econometrics and health economics. His current research interests include macroeconomics, housing, and labor. Prior to graduate school, Neil also worked in communications for the non-profit Grassroots Business Fund and implemented a student nutrition program through Americorps.
Tammy Lee is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics. She received a BA in International Studies from Ewha Womans University in 2016 and a MA in Economics from Duke University. Upon graduation, she worked for two-years as a full-time research assistant to Prof. Christopher Palmer (MIT) focusing on consumer finance and search behavior in the auto finance market. Her current research interest lies in labor economics, with some specific topics including labor market implications for household labor supply decisions as well as individual life choices.