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Anthony T

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at Yale University


Statistics & econometrics, cities & housing, economic policy, international trade, economic history


I am a PhD candidate in economics at Yale University, with a research focus on housing, migration, and inequality. That said, my interests in economics are wide-ranging: I've worked on projects related to international trade, taxation, economic growth, urban crime, and financial securities. I'm also interested in economic history, as well as the connections between moral & political philosophy and economics.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Comparative tax policy

Few topics in economics generate as much heated debate as taxation. Why do some countries have higher taxes than others? How does taxation affect business activity and consumer welfare? What are the arguments for progressive versus flat-rate taxation? More generally, what trade-offs are involved in making economic policy, and how should we weigh our often competing concerns for economic growth, equality, and stability? For a sample deliverable: write a policy memo on why the U.S. should or shouldn't follow other developed countries in adopting a value-added tax (VAT).

History of globalization

Examine the history of global trade and how narratives around trade and economic interdependence have evolved in the last two centuries. Students can use data and figures to highlight the growth of trade in the era of globalization. Alternatively, they can focus on some of the broader qualitative questions—drawing on politics, sociology, and philosophy, in addition to economics—that have been at the heart of debates over free trade and national sovereignty going back to Adam Smith and David Ricardo.

Financial forecasting and efficient markets

Learn how financial assets (such as stocks and bonds) are priced, and how investors construct portfolios out of different assets and asset classes. Then use R or Python to analyze and visualize financial data, and to build rudimentary predictive models that attempt to forecast asset prices. Students can use these models to take a first pass at testing the so-called "efficient-market hypothesis," the idea that asset prices accurately reflect all public information and that attempting to consistently beat the market is a fool's errand.

Mapping U.S. inequality

Household income varies dramatically between neighborhoods, cities, counties, and regions in the U.S. For this project, students will first use Census data and mapping libraries in R to visualize the spatial dimension of economic inequality. Then they can home in on whatever factors interest them most—such as differences in education or occupation—or examine several policy proposals intended to address this inequality. Students interested in political science might also want to study the relationship between local economic outcomes and voting patterns.

Coding skills

R, Python, Matlab, Julia

Languages I know

Russian (fluent), Spanish (once-fluent)

Teaching experience

I've tutored students across several subjects and have TAed economics courses for undergraduate, MBA, and PhD students.


Work experience

Yale University (2020 - 2023)
Teaching Fellow
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (2016 - 2018)
Associate Economist


Yale University
BS Bachelor of Science (2016)
Physics, Mathematics, and Economics
Yale University
MA Master of Arts (2019)
Yale University
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

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