Melissa Felician is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. She holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in economics from the University of the West Indies, and certificates for graduate-level training in statistics and quantitative data analysis from the University of Michigan. Before coming to PRGS, she worked as a development economist for a Caribbean consulting firm, where she designed and conducted research on a range of social policy issues, including poverty reduction, climate change, education, disaster risk reduction, and social security reform. Her experience spans several English-speaking Caribbean countries. Over the last seven years she has authored and contributed to more than a dozen published documents for clients within the United Nations (UN) System, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the Department for International Development (DfID) in the UK.