Haijing Crystal Huang

Assistant Policy Researcher; 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 researcher at RAND. Her research interests are in the areas of economic development, behavioral economics, global health, and experimental or quasi-experimental methods to evaluate international development programs.

Huang's current research focuses on health decisionmaking in low-income countries, specifically understanding and developing interventions to overcome behavioral and structural barriers to adoption of health products and behaviors.

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 on a conditional cash transfer program in Cambodia. She has also worked as a part-time research assistant for Innovations for Poverty Action and as a full-time research fellow at Stanford Law School. Before coming to the United States, Huang lived in China and the Philippines. She holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago and an M.A. in international and development economics from Yale University.

Recent Projects

  • Improving Drug Adherence among Adolescents in Uganda Using SMS Reminders
  • SMS as an Incentive To Adhere (SITA)
  • Examining Consumer and Producer Responses to Restaurant Menu Labeling Requirements
  • Examining the Mongolian Labor Market and Identifying Constraints to its Performance
  • Registry for International Development Impact Evaluations


  • 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