Alice Tianbo Zhang is a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University and a fellow at the Center for Development Economics and Policy at Columbia University. She is an economist passionate about using cutting-edge data and economic models to address social and environmental justice issues. Her research seeks to improve our understanding of how large-scale natural and social processes, such as anthropogenic climate change, natural disasters, and forced migration, affect economic development and human welfare. She received a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development from Columbia University and a B.A. in Economics and Statistics from the University of California, Berkeley.

January 28, 2023


Gender and the Great Resignation

Dynamics of gender and class in the Covid-era labor market

The much anticipated “return to normal” after the Covid-19 pandemic has been anything but. In contrast to the aftermath of previous economic crises, workers have not rushed back to work. Each month over a period of nine months in 2021,…

November 22, 2019


Development and Displacement

The effects of big development initiatives

Infrastructure lies at the heart of development. From transportation and telecommunication networks to electrical grids and water pipelines, large-scale infrastructure projects play a pivotal role in the global development landscape.