Connor Dowd
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While my dissertation is about regression discontinuity and my primary research focuses on causal inference, I additionally have interests in financial decision making, energy and environmental economics, and tax policy.

Since starting my PhD in Chicago, I have also been fortunate enough to work with a number of engaging people and initiatives. I worked with the Social Enterprise Initiative (now the Booth Rustandy Center) to start a data collection project for research into ESG investment funds. I was in New Delhi for a summer as a research fellow for the Energy Policy Institute of the University of Chicago, helping to start a field experiment examining the social consequences of solar microgrids in rural Inda. I have also been able to work with a number of professors including Canice Prendergast, Chris Hansen, Max Farrell, Panos Toulis, Constantine Yannelis, Michael Greenstone, Oeindrila Dube, and Nick Polson. I’ve been a teaching assistant for Professors Kevin Murphy, Neale Mahoney, Eric Zwick, Seth Zimmerman, Josh Gottlieb, Günter Hitsch, and Panos Toulis. Other PhD students I’ve been fortunate to collaborate with include Sam Hirshman, Jianfei Cao, Vera Chau, Olivia Natan, and Uyen Tran among others.

Prior to starting my PhD, I did research for the Social Security Advisory Board, an independent commission which works to improve the SSA, looking at revisions to the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO). I attended the University of St Andrews for my undergrad degree in economics and statistics, where my undergraduate dissertation involved simulations around particle filtering in applications to finance. During my time at St. Andrews I also worked as an RA for Professor David Ulph investigating how happiness and well-being differed between the voluntarily and involuntarily unemployed.

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