Speaker Bios 2018

Matthew Harding is an Econometrician and Data Scientist who develops machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques to answer Big Data questions related to individual consumption and investment decisions in areas such as energy and environmental economics, health, and household finance. He is an Associate Professor of Economics and Statistics and UC Irvine. He holds a PhD in Economics from MIT and an MPhil in Economics from Oxford University. He directs the Deep Data Lab which conducts research into cutting edge econometric methods for the analysis of “deep data”, large and information-rich data sets derived from many seemingly unrelated sources to provide novel economic insights. He works at the intersection of machine learning and statistics with a focus on deep learning and causal inference.

Fiona Burlig is an Assistant Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy. She studies energy and environmental economics, with a focus on the developing world. Her recent research examines the impacts of rural electrification in India, uses machine learning methods to quantify the effectiveness of energy efficiency upgrades, and proposes tools for designing randomized controlled trials. Prior to joining Harris, Fiona was a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Economics and Energy Policy Institute (EPIC) at the University of Chicago. She holds a PhD in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in economics, political science, and German from Williams College.

Jacob LaRiviere is an economist at Microsoft in the Office of the Chief Economist led by Michael Schwarz.  His main research interests are Industrial Organization, Environmental & Public Economics, and Behavioral Economics.  He uses applied theory to inform microeconometric, experimental and machine learning empirical techniques.  LaRiviere graduated from UC San Diego with a PhD in Economics and UC Berkeley with a BA in Economics. Recently he has been doing research in cloud computing and markets and economic decisions characterized by externalities like electricity markets, public good provision and open source software development.
LaRiviere am an affiliate faculty in the Economics Department and Evans School of Public Policy at University of Washington and adjunct assistant professor of Economics at University of Tennessee, where he is also a Fellow for Energy and Environmental Policy at the Baker Center for Public Policy.

Adam Storeygard is an Associate Professor of Economics at Tufts University, with research interests in development and urban economics, and particularly in urbanization, transportation, and the economic geography of sub-Saharan Africa. Much of his work uses geographic data, including satellite data. His papers have appeared in journals including the American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies, and Nature. He received a PhD from Brown University in 2012.