Haijing (Crystal) Huang is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. Her interests include economic development, public sector governance, poverty, and social services, among others.
Prior to RAND, she worked at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) conducting social development research and impact evaluation for IDB-financed projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. At IDB, Huang assisted in a joint study with the World Bank on a conditional cash transfer program in Cambodia. She also worked as a part-time research assistant for Innovations for Poverty Action and as full-time research fellow at Stanford Law School. At Stanford, she contributed statistical legal analysis to an expert witness trial report uncovering racial and geographic biases in Connecticut's death penalty system.
Before coming to the United States, Huang lived in China and the Philippines; she worked on the Philippines Investment Climate Improvement Project in Manila and as a legal assistant on Sino-U.S. joint ventures in Hangzhou. Huang holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago and an M.A. in international and development economics from Yale University. She is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese, and conversational in French.