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Meet Assistant Professor Eric Chyn

Published September 26, 2016 in Faculty

An applied microeconomist who studies the effects of social programs, Eric Chyn has conducted research on housing assistance and has found there are substantial benefits to relocating children from low-income public housing using housing vouchers. In related research, he also studies how the relocation of residents from public housing affects children living in areas where former public housing residents resettled.

Chyn completed his Ph.D. in economics earlier this year from the University of Michigan, where he was a Population Studies Trainee and received fellowship funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Other awards and grants earned during his graduate career in Ann Arbor, Mich. include the Department of Economics’ 2016 Parker Prize, a Rackham Centennial Fellowship, a Regent’s Fellowship, and a grant from Innovations for Poverty Action.

Chyn’s dissertation research on housing assistance and its effects on children has received media coverage from The New York TimesSlate, The American Prospect and Mother Jones. Chyn received his M.A. in economics from the University of Michigan (2012) and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and public administration from Baylor University (2006).

At UVA, Chyn will be teaching a doctoral level course in labor economics in the spring.

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