Zoë Hitzig is a PhD candidate in Economics. Her current projects in microeconomic theory and public finance center on the provision of public goods. She is also interested in economic methodology––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 and policymaking. At Harvard, she has been a teaching fellow for courses on economic inequality, philosophy of economics, and real analysis. 

Zoë is currently a Graduate Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. For the 2019-2020 academic year, she is co-organizing, 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.

She holds degrees from Harvard (AB) and Cambridge (MPhil), where she was a Knox Fellow.



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

  • Presentations: Stanford GSB Inaugural Market Shaping Conference (2018), Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance Annual Conference (2019).
  • Summary on Marginal Revolution.

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


The Technological Politics of Mechanism Design, with Lily Hu & Salome Viljoen, University of Chicago Law Review, 87 (1) 2019. Link.

A Crossroads, Not an Island: A Response to Hanoch Dagan, with Glen Weyl, Michigan Law Review, forthcoming. Link.