Stan Xie, an MACRM student at Harris, worked with EPIC postdoctoral scholar Shaoda Wang to investigate how governments respond to civil complaints of environmental violations by firms. Xie analyzed large-scale text data from Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, to understand the effect of social media on the government’s response.

“EPIC gave me a great opportunity to participate in projects in a variety of topics that I am interested in. This fellowship significantly enhanced my quantitative skill set for dealing with large-scale data, my ability for unsupervised learning, and my knowledge of frontier econometrics. Working here also connected me with fantastic research ideas, from which I have gained much insight.”