Kelsey Pukelis


Applied econometrics

Public policy and economics

Applied econometrics

Quantitative Analysis and Empirical Methods II, Harvard Kennedy School

Teaching Fellow, Spring 2023

I was a teaching fellow for a Master of Public Policy course on regression analysis taught by Professors Benjamin Schneer and Teddy Svoronos at the Harvard Kennedy School. This five-week course covered regression analysis relevant to policy evaluation, including multivariate regression, non-linear methods, and experiments. Assignments required students to implement basic regression analysis in R using Jupyter notebooks.

I prepared my own discussion section materials under the guidance of Professor Teddy Svoronos, linked below.

Advance Topics in Impact Evaluation, University of Virginia

Teaching Assistant, Fall 2018

I was a teaching assistant for a Master of Public Policy course on impact evaluation taught by Professor Sally Hudson at the University of Virginia's Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. The course covered econometric approaches to policy analysis, including experiments, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, and panel data methods. Assignments required students to replicate analyses from policy-relevant economics journal articles.

Causal Inference and Econometrics Groups

Organizer, Summer 2020 & 2021

During the summer of 2021, Stephanie Kestelman and I organized a causal inference "bootcamp" for Harvard PhD students. For our meetings, graduate students review causal inference strategies, present state-of-the-art applied papers, and write code in R or Stata to implement the designs.

During the summer of 2020, I organized an econometrics reading group for Harvard PhD students with the guidance of Professors Isaiah Andrews and Elie Tamer. Other graduate students helped select and present papers. See this link for applied and theory schedules.

Public policy and economics

Resources, Incentives, and Choices II: Analysis of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Teaching Fellow, Spring 2022

I was a teaching fellow for a Master of Public Policy course on economics and social policy taught by Professor Mark Shepard at the Harvard Kennedy School. The course covered topics in social policy using principles from economics such as equity and efficiency tradeoffs, behavioral responses and adverse selection, supply and demand, and cost-benefit analytical frameworks. Topics covered included taxation, social insurance, transfer programs, education, housing policy, and health insurance. Assignments required students to apply basic economic tools in toy policy scenarios and use tools from the course to evaluate real-world policy proposals in memo form.

Below are examples of materials I prepared for the course.

  • Slides: Cost-benefit analysis using recent economic evidence + Recent literature on evictions
  • Slides excerpt: Equity and efficiency in taxation + Empirical evidence on behavioral responses to taxes
  • Slides excerpt: extra discussion about "Schmeduling" in week on tax schedules
  • Slides excerpt: Inequality in labor markets