Haijing Crystal Huang

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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 economic development, health and social protection, behavioral economics, 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.

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

Selected Publications

Sebastian Linnemayr, Haijing Huang, Jill Luoto, Andrew Kambugu, Harsha Thirumurthy, Jessica Haberer, Glenn Wagner, Barbara Mukasa, "Text Messaging for Improving ART Adherence among Adolescents: One-Year Results from a Randomized Control Trial," American Journal of Public Health (forthcoming)


  • 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