Georgia State University’s new Georgia Policy Labs has recently hired its first postdoctoral research associates, economists Todd Jones and Weixiang Pan. They will work to build the research program at Georgia Policy Labs, coordinating research projects, helping guide graduate student assistants and working with GPL staff to construct a longitudinal database.
“Todd and Weixiang bring a wealth of experience, having both worked with top-tier education policy scholars as they earned their doctoral degrees,” said Tim Sass, a Distinguished University Professor in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and director of GPL’s Metro Atlanta Policy Lab for Education (MAPLE), “We are very pleased to have such high-quality researchers join our team.”
Jones recently completed a Ph.D. in Economics at Cornell University, focusing on applied microeconomics research. He also holds a B.A. in Economics and a M.S. in Statistics from Utah State University.
“I am thrilled to come to Atlanta and work at one of the most innovative universities in the country with Professors Kreisman, Sass and Smith,” he said. “This position is a wonderful opportunity to continue my research in the economics of education and contribute to the success of students in the Atlanta area.”
Pan comes to Georgia State University from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he has completed the requirements for a Ph.D. in Economics. His research interests include labor economics, economics of education and applied econometrics. Pan has been highly successful in publishing his research at such an early stage in his career; his work can be found in the Journal of Labor Economics, Economics of Education Review and Labour Economics.
“Adding Todd and Weixiang to the GPL team will greatly increase our capacity to address the research needs of our school district partners,” said Sass.