(Brandon graduated from Harvard in 2021. This page has not been updated.)

Brandon Joel Tan is a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics at Harvard University. He works on topics in development, trade and public economics with a range of methods from applied microeconomics and industrial organization. Broadly speaking, Brandon aims to use empirical data in order to answer policy-relevant economic questions for social impact.

Brandon is also a consultant at the World Bank, and research affiliate at International Growth Centre, Opportunity Insights, UChicago's Development Innovation Lab, and the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. He has also worked with various organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank, G20, Singapore's Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ethiopia Investment Commission, National Treasury of South Africa, and Rwandan Development Board.

He is also part of Accelerating Health Technologies with Incentive Design ( and Development Data Lab (  

Brandon graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and certificates in Applied Math, Statistics and Machine Learning. He was awarded the Halbert White ’72 Prize in Economics as the most outstanding economics major.

Examples of PhD research featured in media:

- Vox:

- Economist:

- Financial Times:

- Aljazeera:

Examples of Policy Impact during PhD:

- Gavi:

- Evidence Action:

- G20: (Listed under individuals consulted)

- Inter-American Development Bank: (Co-author)

- World Health Organization and World Bank: (Contributor)