Gary Tan is currently in the M.A. Economics program at Columbia University. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. His interests lie in experimental design and impact evaluation work in the context of development and urban economics. He is also keen to learn more about recent advances in economic policy, particularly its intersections with data science and behavioral science. In philosophy, he is interested in the philosophy of science and social science. Gary works on JFI's Opportunity Zones and Basic Income initiatives.

November 2, 2022


Cyborg Trucking

An interview with Karen Levy on surveillance and automation in the trucking industry

The supply and demand whiplashes of the Covid-19 pandemic snarled global supply chains, shaking up labor markets and well-established migration patterns. In the process, existing cracks in logistics and infrastructure systems widened, making these systems newly visible. In the US…

June 10, 2022


Leapfrog Logistics

Digital platforms, infrastructure, and labor in Brazil and China

In Spring 2018, two significant labor disputes broke out at opposite ends of the earth. The first, in Brazil, was a two-week-long mass strike of 400,000 truckers in response to successive price increases unleashed by the state oil company, Petrobras,…

February 4, 2019


What happens when you give people cash? How do they use the money, and how does it change their lives? Every cash study on this list is different: the studies vary in intervention type, research design, location, size, disbursement amount,…