What do you want to do in the future?
“For my future career, I aspire to use my quantitative skills to work on the social issues that I care about. I think that the whole PPRS experience, through the internship and capstone course, would represent an important stepping stone for me towards graduate education in economics and public policy. For me, the capstone course would be a unique opportunity to work on my own research paper. Before the capstone, I am eager to get involved in undergraduate research as early as my sophomore year. I am looking to learn how economists choose their assumptions and build their models, key steps in the research process. I am hopeful that, through PPRS, I will be able to find a research assistant position that fits my interests. Besides this, I believe a public policy internship somewhere on Think Thank Row in DC would be a valuable opportunity to immerse myself in the public policy research environment and to get an important insight into what I could do in the future, after graduate school.”
What inspired you to apply to be a Public Policy Research Scholar?
“My first year at Penn gave me plenty of opportunities to explore new topics, reconsider my original interests and develop other ones, specifically macroeconomics and public policy. Through my first macro course, I learned about the economic mechanisms that government institutions use to mandate fiscal and monetary policy. I was intrigued by the complex interplay between taxation levels, public debt and fiscal multipliers, variables that influence living standards greatly. Additionally, in my writing seminar, I thoroughly enjoyed writing a literature review on AIDS policy in developing nations, looking at how economic and social factors shape AIDS drugs markets. This made me think I might enjoy doing research on public policy.”