about

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hello, world.

I currently work as a research assistant to Dr. Jessica Van Parys, at the NBER and Hunter College, and Dr. Jennifer Doleac at Texas A&M and The Justice Tech Lab. With Jessica, I work on projects relating to health information and healthcare consumption choices. With Jennifer, I work on projects relating to crime and discrimination.

Outside of work, I'm a dog mom to Mabel and an avid baker. You can usually find me looking for the best cappuccino in Boston, at the dog park, or in the cookbook section of a bookstore. My favorite recipe is the classic Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe with two alterations: switch the sugar ratio to 1 cup brown sugar : 1/2 cup white sugar, and 1/4 cup less flour than called for. 

My research interests lie in the economics of education, healthcare economics, and the economics of crime. Within each of these areas, I am also particularly interested in the applications of behavioral economics.  Some of my current  independent projects include stop and frisk policies in Washington, DC and the determinants of juvenile crime in Washington, DC. 

I completed my Bachelors of Science at American University in Economics in May 2018. I assisted Seth Gershenson, Jennifer Steele, and Alex Mislin with research during my time at AU. 

Some of the projects I've helped with include a report for Google that looks at unconscious bias in K-12 STEM education, the effects of civic unrest in Ferguson, MO on student achievement and attendance, trust and transgressions in negotiations, and teacher leadership programs in Camden, NJ.

I worked with Thomas Husted to prepare a course on local public finance with applications to education. It ran for the first time in spring 2018, and here's the syllabus. 

You can find me tweeting about baking and economic research here: @ENPancotti

I use email as a form of procrastination, and if you'd like to contribute to this cause, I can be reached via: elizabethpancotti@gmail.com

Here's Mabel, the best research assistant you can't hire.

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