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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.

Winter 2024 Recipients:

Christopher Hollrah

Christopher Hollrah is a candidate in Economics at the University of Michigan. His research fieldsĀ  are public and health economics. His job market paper tests whether prescription drug cost-sharing leads low-income patients to prioritize their prescriptions with the highest health benefits. He also has a paper evaluating how higher costs of accessing physicians affect prescription utilization. His other work examines the effects of providing generous cash interventions to children with poor health at birth. Before starting his Ph.D., he earned his B.S. degrees in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Maryland and worked at theFederal Reserve Board.

Emily Horton

Emily Horton is a PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Michigan. Her fields are public finance and labor economics. Her research focuses on how households and firms respond to tax policies, with an emphasis on the distributional impact of tax policies across income groups. Before starting at Michigan, Emily was a research assistant at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington,DC. She earned her BA in Economics and Bioengineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Carolina Tojal R. dos Santos

Carolina Tojal R. dos Santos is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at the University of Michigan with research interests that lie in the fields of Industrial Organization and Environmental Economics. She uses empirical tools such as reduced-form analysis and structural modeling to understand the effects of regulation in different settings. In her dissertation, she investigates the effect of regulation on the expansion of piped water and sewer networks. Before the Ph.D., Carolina received an M.A. in Economics from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.