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Faculty and Staff

Rong  Hai

Rong Hai

Assistant Professor, Economics

(305) 284-2757
Jenkins 314P

Research Interests

  • Public Economics
  • Labor Economics
  • Household Finance
  • Health Economics

Selected Publications

The Determinants of Rising Inequality of Health Insurance and Wages. R&R at Review of Economic Studies.

Inequality in Human Capital and Endogenous Credit Constraints (with James J. Heckman). R&R at Review of Economic Dynamics.

Income Inequality, Tax Policy, and Economic Growth (with Siddhartha Biswas and Indraneel Chakraborty). R&R at Economic Journal.

The Real Effects of Financial (Dis)integration: A Spatial Equilibrium Analysis of Europe (with Indraneel Chakraborty, Hans Holter, and Serhiy Stepanchuk). R&R at Journal of Monetary Economics.

Honors and Awards

  • International Economic Review Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 2007-2012
  • PEW Presidential Prize Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 2008

Teaching and Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Chicago, May 2013 - June 2016
  • Summer Research Fellow, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, June 2012 - August 2012
  • Short Term Consultant, Office of Chief Economist, The World Bank, December 2008 - January 2009


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 2013


  • Inequality and human capital development
  • Tax policy and social insurance policies
  • Financial market frictions and student loans
  • Savings and consumption

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