Rong  Hai

Rong Hai

Assistant Professor, Economics


Rong Hai received her PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. Upon graduation, she worked as a postdoctoral scholar at Beck Friedman Institute for Research in Economics and the Center for the Economics of Human Development at the University of Chicago. Her research interests are public economics, labor economics, household finance, and health economics. She received the International Economic Review Fellowship and PEW Presidential Prize Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.

Research Interests

Public economics; labor economics; household finance; and health economics

Featured 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

Teaching and Professional Experience

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


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


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

Honors and Awards

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