Zoë Hitzig is a PhD student in Economics at Harvard interested in market design and public finance. Her work seeks to understand how economic institutions can be designed to better reflect the preferences and values of the people they affect. In particular, she aims to use mechanism design to incorporate community input in the provision of public services. She is also interested in methodological questions raised by contemporary economic theory and practice––for example, she has written on economists' roles in redesigning public school allocation algorithms and FCC spectrum auctions, and on the use of big data in economic research.
She holds degrees from Harvard (AB) and Cambridge (MPhil), where she was a Knox Fellow.