Zoë Hitzig is a PhD candidate in Economics primarily interested in microeconomic theory. 

She is the recipient of a PhD Fellowship from Microsoft Research. For the 2019-2020 academic year, she was a Graduate Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, and she co-organized, with Sam Taggart, Mechanism Design for Social Good's Working Group on Inequality. She was a summer 2019 Research Intern at Microsoft Research New York City. Before starting her graduate study, she was a Research Fellow at Evidence for Policy Design. At Harvard, she has been a teaching fellow for courses on auction theory, game theory, and real analysis. 

She holds degrees from Harvard (AB) and Cambridge (MPhil), where she was a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow at Trinity College.


A Flexible Design for Funding Public Goods, with Vitalik Buterin & Glen Weyl, Management Science, 2020. Link.

  • Presentations: Stanford GSB Inaugural Market Shaping Conference (2018), Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance Annual Conference (2019).
  • Summary on Marginal Revolution.
  • Discussion in WIRED.
  • Description of the largest experiment with the proposed funding design, through which $5+ million has been allocated to open source software projects.

The Normative Gap: Mechanism Design and Ideal Theories of Justice, Economics & Philosophy, 2020. Link.

  • Presentations: MD4SG Workshop at EC (2019), Politics, Philosophy and Economics Society Conference (2019).
  • Winner of the MD4SG Best Paper Award.
  • This is a philosophy paper. Email for summary slides geared toward economists and policymakers.


Match-Making is Hard: Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Evidence from a Carpooling Platform in Singapore, with Abhijit Banerjee & Rema Hanna, 2021. 

  • Presentations: IGC Cities Conference (2019), HCEO Market Design and Development Conference (2018).