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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

  • On the Welfare Cost of Consumption Fluctuations in the Presence of Memorable Goods, with Dirk Krueger (University of Pennsylvania) and Andrew Postlewaite (University of Pennsylvania). Accepted, Quantitative Economics, July 2020.

    Inequality in Human Capital and Endogenous Credit Constraints, with James J. Heckman (Universityof Chicago). Review of Economic Dynamics, Volume 25, April 2017, Pages 4-36.

    Income Inequality, Tax Policy, and Economic Growth, with Siddhartha Biswas (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Indraneel Chakraborty (University of Miami). Economic Journal, Volume 127, issue 601, May 2017, Pages 688-727.

    The Real Effects of Financial(Dis) Integration: A Multi-Country Equilibrium Analysis of Europe, with Indraneel Chakraborty (University of Miami), Hans Holter (University of Oslo), and Serhiy Stepanchuk (University of Southampton), Journal of Monetary Economics, Volume 85, January 2017, Pages 28-45.

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
  • Human capital investment
  • Preference formation
  • Financial market frictions


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

Honors and Awards

  • Provost's Research Award, 2017-2018
  • CSWEP Dissertation Fellowship, 2012
  • International Economic Review Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 2007 - 2012
  • PEW Presidential Prize Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 2008

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