B.S. in Economics and Mathematics, Grinnell College

Faculty Supervisor: Ryan Kellogg and Thomas Covert

Pranjal Drall is a pre-doctoral fellow at EPIC. He is working with Professors Ryan Kellogg (Professor and Deputy Dean at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy) and Thomas Covert (Assistant Professor of Economics at the Booth School of Business) on projects focusing on the relationship between misallocation of resources, firm learning, and lease terms on productivity in the U.S. fracking industry. Prior to starting at EPIC, Pranjal was a Tobin pre-doctoral fellow at Yale Law School where he worked with Deputy Dean and Professor Ian Ayres on a variety of applied micro projects at the intersection of law and economics on topics such as corporate finance, behavioral economics, and gun policy. He earned a bachelor’s in economics and math from Grinnell College in 2020 where he also played tennis. Pranjal’s primary research interests lie at the intersection of industrial organization and environmental economics. He is also interested in law and economics.

“I chose EPIC, and specifically Ryan and Thom, because of their focus on using structural methods to answer questions related to energy policy. By working with them, I will improve my structural estimation skills and learn how industrial organization researchers apply economic theory to data. While at EPIC, I also look forward to engaging with fellow pre-docs and the broader UChicago economics community. I strongly believe EPIC is the perfect place for me to develop my research agenda, improve as a researcher, and prepare for a PhD in economics.”