Ph.D. Job Market Candidates

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Gursel Aliyev

Gursel Aliyev

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As part of his dissertation, Gursel develops behavioral interventions to reduce tax evasion. While his current research mostly focuses on behavioral decision-making, he is interested and experienced in survey research methodology, social policy issues and health economics too. He has also taught Statistics and Microeconomics for over 10 years.

Dissertation Topic

Taxpayers Misperceptions and Two Novel Behavioral Interventions to Counter Tax Evasion

Faculty Advisors

Andrew Parker (chair); Sebastian Linnemayr; Raffaele Vardavas; Kim Bloomquist (retired Senior Economist, IRS Office of Research)

Ashley Muchow

Ellie Bartels

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Ellie’s work seeks to improve games used in national security by systematically documenting existing approaches and developing new tools. She designs, executes, and analyzes games that explore novel topics or integrate other analytical techniques. She also conducts research and analysis on defense topics including irregular warfare, urban operations, and deterrence.

Dissertation Topic

Building Better Games for National Security Policy Analysis

Faculty Advisors

Steven Popper (chair); Stacie Pettyjohn; Yuna Wong; Peter Perla

Pavan Katkar

Pavan Katkar

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Pavan has a background in quantitative policy analysis, international relations, and software engineering. These experiences enable him to excel at roles that attempt to address complex problems with a variety of quantitative, qualitative, and technological skills.

Dissertation Topic

Implications and Applications of Blockchain

Faculty Advisors

C Richard Neu (chair); Angel O’Mahony; Philip Evans

Pavan Katkar

Jesse Lastunen

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Jesse’s dissertation provides new evidence on the impact of digitalization on the economic premium for higher education and technical skills. His work at RAND has also focused on the intersection of technology and labor markets, and typically relied on the application of quantitative methods and data science tools. In addition to his forthcoming doctorate in Policy Analysis, Lastunen holds degrees in Technology Policy from the University of Cambridge and in Economic Analysis from Barcelona GSE.

Dissertation Topic

Technological Change and the Skill Premium: 21st Century Evidence

Faculty Advisors

Krishna B. Kumar (chair); Shanthi Nataraj; Philip Armour; Raffaele Vardavas