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William Haber Fellowship

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 2019-2020 Recipients:

Ariel Binder

Ariel J. Binder is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Economics and Pre-Doctoral Trainee at the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. He conducts research in the areas of labor economics, family economics and economic demography. His doctoral dissertation investigates relationships between family processes and inequality in the United States labor market. His job market paper combines a novel theoretical model with causal evidence from the introduction of unilateral divorce to argue that secular reduction in the gains from marriage have lowered the labor supply incentives of less-educated men. Such a process can help explain the dramatic rise in inequality in earnings and labor-force participation rates between college-educated and less-educated men since the 1960s. Other dissertation chapters examine gender norms within the household, how they are transmitted across generations, and how they influence mothers’ career decisions.Before beginning his graduate studies, Ariel worked as a Research Assistant in the Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund, in Washington, DC. Additionally, he holds a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Williams College. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, playing sports and hiking.

Pieter De Vlieger

Pieter De Vlieger is a PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Michigan. His researchagenda centers on topics in labor and health economics and the economics of education, with aparticular interest in the relationship between employer incentives in the provision of services inhealthcare and education. His current research investigates how physicians can be encouraged toprescribe higher rates of generic medication, and how teacher hiring practices a↵ect institutionalproductivity in the education labor market. Prior to Michigan, he worked as a quantitativeanalyst in Belgium, received a MA in Business Engineering from the Catholic University ofLeuven, and an Msc in Economics from University College London.

Alexandr Moskalev 

Alexandr Moskalev is a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics at the University ofMichigan. His research is focused on the understanding of the effects of ownershipstructure on a firm’s behavior in markets without perfect competition. Recentdevelopments that he works on feature an application of additive bias model ofprobabilistic voting in the modeling of the corporate governance mechanism.Alexandr earned his Master of Arts in Economics degree in 2014 from NewEconomic School (Moscow, Russia) and in 2015 from University of Michigan.Prior to that, he received a bachelor’s degree in Physics at Novosibirsk StateUniversity (Novosibirsk, Russia).

First Year Recipients:

Ian Chin 

Ian Chin is an incoming Economics PhD student. He mostly recently worked as a research assistant at Brown University working on projects within applied micro fields. Before that, Ian received a BA in Economic and Statistics from UC Berkeley. His current research interests lie primarily in labor economics and parts of public finance, with some specific topics including shifts in labor market dynamics as a result of firm-level labor market concentration.

Peter Choi

Peter received his B.A. in Economics and in Mathematics from Dartmouth College in 2019. His interests currently lie in public finance and labor, and his primary undergraduate research looked at potential health impacts of the federal and state earned income tax credit (EITC) programs on nonrecipients. Peter was born in Manchester, Connecticut and has since lived in Arizona, Tennessee, and most recently Georgia. He loves movies and keeps a list of those he has watched since the start of high school. 

Andrew Joung  

Andrew Joung is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics. I received a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Mathematics from Vassar College. During my undergrad, I worked for two-years as a research assistant for Prof. Benjamin Ho (Vassar College), focusing on behavioral energy economics. Immediately after graduation, I worked for Prof. Katherine Milkman (Wharton) and Prof. John Beshears (HBS) on the behavioral economics of financial and health decision-making. After a year, I began working for Prof. Alex Rees-Jones (Wharton) and Prof. Benjamin Lockwood (Wharton) again on behavioral economics, but with a focus on public economics, public finance, and labor.

Jim Pagels 

Jim Pagels received a BA in American Studies and English from Columbia University. After graduating, he worked as a journalist, writing about sports and culture for publications such as FiveThirtyEight, Slate, and The Atlantic. Jim then transitioned careers and served as a research assistant in Washington, DC at The Mercatus Center, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and Federal Reserve Board, during which time he also received an MS in Mathematics and Statistics from Georgetown University. As a PhD student in Economics at Michigan, Jim is interested in studying urban and regional economics, real estate, demography, and public finance, with an eye toward employing big data and machine learning approaches to analyzing these areas.