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Dominic Russel

PhD Student

Harvard University

About

I’m a PhD student at Harvard University studying Business Economics, a joint degree that combines the Economics Department’s PhD program with support from the Business School. I have also worked as a financial analyst at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a research assistant at NYU Stern, and a contractor with the Core Data Science team at Facebook.

My research interests lie in using big data to better understand market and societal outcomes, and identify challenges in terms of opportunity and equity. This includes interests in finance, public economics, and the economic effects of social networks. I also enjoy data visualization and have a few projects posted below.

Interests

  • Household Finance
  • Public Economics
  • Social Networks

Education

  • BS in Statistics and Data Science (Double Major), Political Science (Minor), 2017

    University of Michigan

Peer-Reviewed Publications

(2020). The Determinants of Social Connectedness in Europe. Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Social Informatics 2020.

Full Paper Online Appendix SocInfo 2020 Presentation Video Code Slides

Working Papers

(2020). Social Networks Shape Beliefs and Behavior: Evidence from Social Distancing During the COVID-19 Pandemic. NBER Working Paper No. 28234.

Full Paper NBER Digest

Reports and Op-Eds

(2019). Servicer Size in the Mortgage Market. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Data Point Series.

Full Report Press Release National Mortgage News Coverage DS News Coverage

(2016). Transformative Infrastructure Investment and American Competitiveness. Roosevelt Institute.

Full Report The Atlantic Coverage The Guardian Coverage

(2016). How the University can support small business. Michigan Daily.

Full Op-Ed

Other Fun Projects

A Textual Analysis of Every U.S. General Election Debate

A set of textual analyses covering every general election Presidential and Vice Presidential debate in U.S. History (before the final 2020 Trump-Biden debate). [View Project] [View GitHub Repo + Data]

Flagship Public University Affordability by State

A simple interactive dashboard that shows measures related to change in two quantities from 1970 to 2017 by state - median household income and in-state tuition at the flagship public university. [View Project] [View GitHub Repo]

Random Person App

Shiny app that generates random income identities based on global income data; inspired by the Rawlsian notion of the veil of ignorance. [View Project] [View GitHub Repo]

Redlining Maps

A public version of some of the interactive redlining maps I’ve created in R, using Leaflet. [View Project] [View GitHub Repo]