Zoë Hitzig is a PhD student in Economics at Harvard.
Her research seeks to understand how economic institutions can be designed to better reflect the preferences and values of the people they affect. In particular, she aims to use mechanism design to more thoroughly incorporate community input in the provision of public services, especially in developing countries. She is also interested in methodological questions raised by contemporary economic theory and practice––for example, she has written on economists' roles in redesigning public school allocation algorithms and FCC spectrum auctions, and on the use of big data in economic research.
Her poetry can be found in print and online, in publications including: London Review of Books; The New Yorker; New Statesman; Boston Review; PEN America; Academy of American Poets; Lana Turner; Colorado Review; Denver Quarterly; SAND Journal; Nat. Brut; Harvard Advocate.
She holds degrees from Harvard (AB) and Cambridge (MPhil).