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Parker Prize


Eric Chyn

Eric Chyn is a fifth year doctoral student in the Department of Economics with interests in labor economics, development and industrial organization. His current research focuses on social economics and examining how the individual preferences, beliefs and constraints of one person may be directly influenced by the characteristics and choices of neighbors and peers. In recent work, he sheds light on neighborhood effects by estimating the impact of removing families from poor neighborhoods. To conduct this work, he uses individual-level data to study the Chicago public housing demolitions in which residents of selected buildings were forced to relocate. In other work, he is also studying (with coauthors Lasse Brune and Jason Kerwin) how coworkers affect job performance at a large firm located in Malawi.