Assistant Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs
Neil Thakral joined Brown University and the PSTC in 2018. His research interests are in labor, behavioral, and public economics as well as market design.
Thakral has done research on the optimal allocation of public housing. He proposes a new mechanism for allocating public housing that improves the matching between tenants and housing units by allowing households to trade off their preferences for different units and waiting times. He shows that implementing this in practice would lead to substantial welfare gains.
Behavioral economics, Housing policy, Labor markets
Department of Economics