Our Fellows

Alex Coblin

Alex Colbin
Fields of Interest

Political Economy, Applied Microeconomics, Development Economics

I graduated from Middlebury College in 2013 with a B.A. in Chinese and Political Science. Before coming to Stanford, I worked as a senior research associate for three years at the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank in Washington D.C., primarily researching international political economy topics. I am currently interested in exploring questions related to the impact that political and economic institutions have on economic development, and analysis of policies that improve economic growth and social welfare.

Current Projects

I am currently working with David Broockman on a project that explores the impact that the Voting Rights Act had on Southern Politics. I am also working with Ali Yurukoglu on a project that models the supply of cable news to understand the effect of election coverage during the 2012 presidential campaign.

Erin Iyigun

Erin Iyigun
Fields of Interest

Development Economics, Economic History, Political Economy

I received degrees in Economics and Political Science from Brown University in 2016. During the course of my undergraduate studies I became interested in studying the ways in which religion plays a role in political and economic decisions both on the institutional and individual level, specifically in the Middle East. This led me to work with Professor Lisa Blaydes (Department of Political Science, Stanford) as a research assistant, during which time I developed a broader interest in development and empirical analysis of historical political and economic phenomena.

Current Projects

I am working with Katherine Casey on a project that examines the long-run impact of a community driven development program in Sierra Leone called GoBifo. In addition, I am working with Saumitra Jha on a project that investigates the role of combat experience in radicalism during the French Revolution.

Sara Johns

Fields of Interest

Energy and Environmental Economics, Industrial Organization

I graduated from Northwestern University in 2017 with degrees in Economics and Environmental Science. My interests center around energy economics after working with energy consumption on campus, energy markets in Denmark, and a solar company in the US. I recently received the Frederick S. Deibler Award for my honors thesis on the effect of wind energy on the Texas electricity market and have also done research on the California electricity market, socially responsible enterprises, and environmental regulation.

Current Projects

I am currently working with Rebecca Diamond on a project that examines the effect of foreclosures on homeowners, and with Tim McQuade on a project that investigates patenting and innovation.

Sylvia Klosin

Fields of Interest

Econometrics and Labor Economics

I received degrees in Economics and Statistics from the University of Chicago in 2017. Throughout my undergraduate studies, I developed an interest in labor economics. I was able to explore this interest through research assistantship work for Professor Steven Davis. This culminated in a senior thesis on wage posting and matching in online job markets for which I received the David S. Hu Award in Economics. Through my econometrics and statistics classes I also became interested in studying causal inference, which I hope to explore further during the GSB Research Fellows Program.

Current Projects

I’m currently working for Professor Susan Athey looking to see how contextual bandits can be used in social science research. I am also working with Professor Guido Imbens to investigate difference-in-differences settings with staggered policy adoption.

Raymond Lee

Raymond Lee
Fields of Interest

Applied Microeconomics, Development Economics, Economic History

I graduated with a bachelor’s in economics from Cornell University in 2015 after transferring schools and deciding to stop majoring in philosophy and English. I dabbled mostly in development and behavioral economics as an undergrad, and worked as a research assistant in the Financial Stability division at the Federal Reserve Board for about a year before coming here. I’m broadly interested in methods and in research with salient social welfare implications.

Current Projects

I currently work with Rebecca Diamond, Neil Malhotra, and Paulo Somaini. With Professor Diamond we’re exploring questions related to consumption; with Professor Malhotra we’re trying to quantify distortion in the distribution of some government subsidies; and with Professor Somaini we’re looking to exploit random variation in how donated kidneys are allocated to get a handle on heterogenous treatment effects.

Helena Pedrotti

Fields of Interest

Applied Microeconomics

I graduated from Reed College in 2017 with a degree in Mathematics and Economics. While I was there, I worked as a research assistant for Professor Jeffery Parker looking at transitioning economies in Central Europe. I also participated in the NSF funded LAKES REU where I looked at the effect of water quality on lakefront house property values. My senior year, I received the Gerald M. Meier Award after completing my senior thesis examining the relationship between legalizing prenuptial agreements and wealth inequality in the US.

Current Projects

I am working with Professor Paulo Somaini examining an education experiment to decrease school drop-out rates by changing which family member receives a financial incentive. We hope to explore how these changing family dynamics can be modeled in a game-theoretic framework.

I’m also working with Professor Peter Koudijs on a project exploring the role of skill and learning in financial market making by exploiting exogenous changes in 1940s Amsterdam.

Chloe Peng

Chloe Peng
​Fields of Interest

Finance

I graduated from Duke University with a MA in economics in 2016 and a BS in math and BS in finance from Indiana University in 2014. As an undergrad, my coursework was heavy in math, finance, and programming. While attending Duke, I realized I wanted to go to a PhD program after taking several PhD level courses. I enjoy doing research to understand and explain the financial world around me. I am interested in asset pricing, heterogeous agents, financial intermediaries, and macroeconomics.

Current Projects

I am currently working with Professor Jonathan Berk and Professor Peter DeMarzo where we are working to identify a short and long term component in market betas for stocks and how this subsequently impacts the security market line. I am also working with Professor Arvind Krishnamurthy and Professor Hanno Lustig where we are working to identify safe asset demand effects in foreign exchange markets.