Brandon Joel Tan is a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics at Harvard University. He works on topics in development, urban and public economics with a range of methods from applied microeconomics, trade, 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, and the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. He has also worked with various organizations such as the International Finance Corporation, McKinsey & Company, G20, Monetary Authority of Singapore, 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 research featured in media:

- Vox:

- Economist:

- Financial Times:

- Aljazeera:

Examples of Policy Work:

- G20: (Listed under individuals consulted)

- IADB: (Co-author)


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