Haijing (Crystal) Huang is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. Her research interests are economic development, behavioral economics, global health, and experimental/quasi-experimental methods.
At RAND, she has worked in several areas including: evaluating behavioral economic interventions to improve medication adherence among HIV patients in Uganda, designing a discrete choice experiment on the effects of providing calorie information on food choice, managing survey data for a large study on the effect of provider human capital on maternal and child health in Nigeria, and examining the private sector role in youth skills development and employment in low and middle income countries. Her doctoral dissertation is on the economics of health decision-making and evaluates how several different interventions or policies can affect health behaviors such as medication adherence, health utilization and diet in the chronic disease context of HIV and obesity.
Prior to RAND, Huang 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. While at IDB, Huang assisted in a joint study with the World Bank evaluating a conditional cash transfer program in Cambodia. She was worked as a research assistant for Innovations for Poverty Action and as a research fellow at Stanford Law School. Before coming to the US, Huang lived in China and the Philippines. She holds a B.A. in economics from University of Chicago and an M.A. in international and development economics from Yale.