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Rackham One-Term Dissertation Fellowship

Rackham One-Term Dissertation Fellowships are intended to speed the process of completing the dissertation. Except in unusual cases, they should be awarded to students who are at the writing stage of the dissertation. This will permit candidates to work full-time on the final stages of their dissertations.

Fall 2022 Recipients:

Brian Cevallos Fujiy

Brian Cevallos Fujiy is a candidate in Economics at the University of Michigan. His research fields are international trade, economic geography and macroeconomics. His research agenda focuses on how geography and production networks influence the allocation of resources and aggregate dynamics. Before starting his Ph.D., he earned his M.A./B.A. degrees in Economics from Universidad del Pacifico in Lima, Peru. 

Keshav Garud

Keshav Garud is a candidate in Economics at the University of Michigan. His research is in health and behavioral economics of education. He is also interested in the application of machine learning and text analysis in applied microeconomics research. The central aim of Keshav's dissertation papers is to evaluate how individuals respond to policies and incentives by adjusting their choices. In his job market paper, he focuses on whether avoidance of salient health information may help explain why individuals in the United States appear to underinsure for their health. Keshav develops a novel approach using economic experiments to (a) identify avoiders and (b) induce random variation to study the treatment effect of a form of salient health information. Prior to starting his Ph.D., Keshav worked as a senior research assistant at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington D.C., where he applied supervised text analysis techniques to study the effect of central bank reports' sentiment on financial stability. He graduated suma cum laude from the University of Pennsylavania in 2015. During his undergraduate studies, Keshav spent a summer in India research the effects of access to microfinance on borrowers' consumption and income patterns. In his spare time, Keshav enjoys cooking with his friends, reading and exploring new places.

Leticia Juarez

Leticia Juarez is a graduate student in the Department of Economics at the University of Michigan. Her field specialization is international economics. Her principal paper focuses on studying exchange rate pass through in a buyer-seller environment, where the buyer has also market power. Another body of her research focuses on understanding the effect of debt on exchange rate pass through specifically in development countries like Argentina, where debt is held foreign currency. Before, the University of Michigan, she obtained a Master's Degree in Economics from University of San Andres in Argentina and worked in the Inter-American Development Bank.