Haijing Huang

Photo of Haijing Huang
Assistant Policy Analyst; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.A. in international and development economics, Yale University; B.A. in economics, University of Chicago


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.


  • World Bank staff share their definitions of "A Good Job"

    Solutions for Youth Employment: New Coalition Takes on Pervasive, Persistent Global Problem

    Youth unemployment is a pervasive and persistent worldwide scourge: 75 million youth are unemployed now and that rate is expected to rise. RAND joined the World Bank, Accenture, International Youth Foundation, and others to form Solutions for Youth Employment, a unique coalition that acts to increase youth opportunities for productive employment.

    Oct 17, 2014 The RAND Blog