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Verne G. Istock Economics Graduate Student Support Fund

Established in 2007 from a gift of Verne G.(AB ’62 econ; Bus Ad, MBA ’63) and Judy (Education ABED ’62) Istock, monies from this fund may be used to supplement other sources of support and will be awarded to students in the first year of the graduate program in the Department of Economics.


Hanjatiana Nirina Randrianarisoa

Hanjatiana Nirina Randrianarisoa (Nirina) is a first-year PhD student in Economics at the University of Michigan. His interests include international, development economics and economic history with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Before moving to Ann Arbor, he worked as a Predoctoral Research Specialist and was part of the first cohort of the Fellowship for Data-driven Research (FDR), at the Empirical Studies of Conflict group of Princeton University. He contributed to different projects on climate change economics, development finance and African economic history. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Mathematics from Trinity College, Hartford CT where he wrote his thesis on the impact of tariff reductions/ eliminations on informal markets, with an empirical focus on Egypt and Kenya. Nirina was born and raised in Antananarivo, Madagascar and is a graduate of the African Leadership Academy in South Africa.


Paola Gabriela Villa Paro

Paola Gabriela Villa Paro is a first-year Ph.D. student in economics at the University of Michigan. Her interests span fields like public finance, labor economics, and development. She previously worked as a Predoctoral Fellow in Economics at Princeton University, as a Research Associate in Innovations for Poverty Action, and as a Research Assistant at the University of Pacifico. Paola holds a Bachelor of Economics from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru.