|Alma mater|| Oklahoma Bible Academy |
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
|Awards|| Truman Scholarship, 2004|
Rhodes Scholarship, 2005
Sloan Fellowship, 2016
Carnegie Fellowship, 2017
Calvó-Armengol International Prize, 2018
Elaine Bennett Research Prize, 2018
John Bates Clark Medal, 2020
|Doctoral advisors||Daron Acemoglu|
Melissa Dell (born 1983or1984) is an economist and Professor of Economics at Harvard University. Her research interests include development economics, political economy, and economic history.
In 2014, the International Monetary Fund named Dell among the 25 Brightest Young Economists.In 2018, she was awarded the Elaine Bennett Research Prize and the Calvó-Armengol International Prize; The Economist also named her one of "the decade’s eight best young economists." She was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal in 2020.
Dell grew up in Enid, Oklahoma, where she attended Oklahoma Bible Academy.Despite difficulties completing races because of her poor eyesight, she was a champion long distance runner in high school, setting a state record in the 3000-meter distance. As of 2010, she was an ultramarathon runner (100 km) runner. She was the first student from her high school to attend Harvard University, and established an organization, "College Matters," and a book, "The College Matters Guide to Getting Into the Elite College of Your Dreams," to offer practical advice to ambitious students from similar backgrounds.
She graduated summa cum laude from Harvard in 2005 (B.A. economics) and attended the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar receiving a M.Phil. in economics in 2007.In 2012, she completed her Ph.D. in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows from 2012 to 2014, and joined the faculty at Harvard in 2014 as an Assistant Professor. She was promoted to Full Professor in 2018.
Melissa Dell's research interests include development economics, economic history and political economy. A major focus of her work has been explaining economic development through the persistence of historical institutions.For example, in her paper on the long-term effects of Peru's Mining Mita, she showed that current development outcomes were influenced by whether regions were included in forced labor policies that ended in the early 1800s. This paper was also methodologically important, as it was one of the first in economics to use a spatial regression discontinuity design. Dell has also investigated the effect of conflict on labor market and political outcomes and vice versa. Finally, she has influential work on the economic effects of climate, especially for developing economies. Much of her research has focused on Latin America and Southeast Asia.
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