Rebecca Dizon-Ross is a development economist with an interest in human capital. Much of her work focuses on the demand side, aiming to understand the determinants of households’ investments in health and education and identify policies to encourage investment. Topics of interest include the role of information in impacting household educational investments, gender differences between parents in investing in their children’s human capital, and the determinants of diabetics’ investments in managing their health. She has also explored the design of systems for school accountability and subsidized distribution of health products. Her research uses a combination of original data collected through fieldwork and analysis of existing datasets. Her previous and ongoing field projects have taken place in Uganda, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, and India.
Before joining the University, Dizon-Ross was a Prize Fellow in Economics, History, and Politics at Harvard University, and a postdoctoral fellow in the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She received a PhD in economics from Stanford University and a BA (summa cum laude) from Harvard University. Prior to graduate school, she worked as an analyst at McKinsey & Co.