Professional Development Lunch Conversation for Female PhD Students, Post-Docs, Senior Research Professionals, and FacultyMay 18, 2020
On May 12, the Department hosted the third annual Professional Development Lunch Conversation for Female Academic Professionals and Students. The goal of the meeting is to provide graduate student women with professional development opportunities that they might not otherwise receive through traditional course work and research opportunities. Alessandra Voena and Manasi Deshpande hosted the Zoom event, and there were approximately 40 participants. Students submitted questions in advance, which were used as a starting point for a broader debate about three main topics: expectations for different years in the Ph.D. program, advice for selecting an advisor and committee and ensuring productive communication with them, and ways in which the job market is changing. Participants reported that they appreciated the organization and opportunity.
Deshpande Named a 2020 William T. Grant ScholarMay 6, 2020
Prof. Deshpande was awarded a $350,000 grant through the 2020 William T. Grant Scholars Program. Her project, “Reducing Inequality through Improved Outcomes for Children Receiving SSI Benefits,” is joint with Rebecca Dizon-Ross at the UChicago Booth School of Business and will be ongoing for three years.
Van Dijk awarded Richard Saller Dissertation PrizeMay 6, 2020
Winnie van Dijk has been selected as one of this year’s two recipients of the Richard Saller Dissertation Prize, which recognizes the most outstanding dissertations of the year.
The prize is awarded annually through the work of a multidisciplinary faculty committee. Van Dijk is the Department’s second recipient since the inception of the prize in 1986-87; Chinhui Juhn was the recipient in 1991-92.
Van Dijk's dissertation, Essays on Rental Housing Market Policies and the Socio-Economic Mobility of Low-Income Households, analyzes the effect of Europe's largest public housing program on a wide range of socio-economic outcomes, including labor market outcomes, neighborhood and housing quality, and public assistance receipt. In the work, she also uses a choice model to characterize individuals' application decisions and to recover the distribution of heterogeneity driving selection into and returns from lotteries. Ufuk Akcigit, Director of Graduate Studies, wrote that her work "achieves the rare combination of contributions that define exemplary scholarship in empirical social science: methodological innovation, meticulous measurement, and illuminating policy relevance.”
Van Dijk received her Ph.D. in 2019. She is currently a Saieh Family Fellow in Economics at BFI, and she will continue in July as a Postdoctoral Fellow and then Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Harvard University.