Derek Wu

Welcome! I am a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy, having earned my PhD in December 2021.

My research interests lie in labor and public economics, focusing on poverty and inequality, the effects of government programs, and the economics of education. My work is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Administration for Children and Families) and the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

Prior to graduate school, I worked at the nonprofit group Ithaka S+R, the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and the National Council for Teacher Quality, and have served as a voting member on the Maryland State Board of Education. I received an A.B. in 2013 from Princeton University's School of Public and International Affairs.

In Fall 2022, I will start as an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the University of Virginia's Batten School.

Email: derekwu[at]

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Upcoming Presentations:

  • May 6: SOLE Annual Conference (Minneapolis, MN)

  • July 27: NBER Summer Institute, Public Economics (Boston, MA)