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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 2021 Recipients:

Xienan Cheng

Xienan Cheng received his B.S. in Biological Sciences, B.A. in Economics and M.A. in Economics from Peking University. His current research interests focus on microeconomic theory, in particular information economics. 

Bernardo Modenesi

Bernardo Modenesi is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics, also pursuing a Master's degree in Statistics, at the University of Michigan. Bernardo's interest lie in interdisciplinary statistical methods, such as network theory and machine learning, for the improvement of causal inference exercises and ecnomic modeling. Recently, he is working on using network theory and discrete choice models to leverage information contained in linked employee-employer data for labor market modeling and also for enhancing conunterfactual analysis. His past reserach topics include the partial identification of marginal treatment effects under the monotonicity assumption, using polynomial exptrapolations. Prior to starting his Ph.D., Bernardo earned a Master's Degree in Economics from the Sao Paulo School of Economics (FGV-SP) where he also worked as a research assistant in econometric theory. He also previous experience working with applied econometrics in the think tank Centers for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR-FGV).

Xuan Teng

Xuan Teng is a Ph.D. candidate in the Economics Department at the University of Michigan. Xuan's research interests are industrial organization and applied microeconomics. Her current research studies consumer search and product competition in multi-sided platform markets. She also studies patent licensing, dynamic pricing, and merger effects on products. Xuan received her Bachelor in Economics from Fudan University and joined the Ph.D. Program in 2015.