Zoë Hitzig is a PhD candidate in Economics. Her current projects in microeconomic theory and public economics center on the interaction between public and private spending in 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. She is a summer 2019 Research Intern at Microsoft Research New York City. She is a 2019-2020 Graduate Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. 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 (old draft).

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

Bridging the Normative Gap: Mechanism Design and Social Justice, Economics & Philosophy, forthcoming. Link (old draft).

  • Presentations: MD4SG Workshop at EC (2019), Politics, Philosophy and Economics Society Conference (2019).
  • 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.