Jenkins Fellow

Yifan Xie

Yifan Xie is a Ph.D. candidate at NC State University's Department of Economics. His research interest primarily lies in the field of microeconomics, specifically mechanism design. Yifan works on projects related to the school choice problem. He researches on the affirmative action policy, precedence order of seat in the school choice and the effects of the school district break up. The methods used in his research include game theory, coding and data analysis. Yifan holds Master's degrees in Economics and Statistics from University of Missouri, Columbia and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing, China.


Agricultural Policy Fellows

Avery Dobbins

Avery Dobbins is a second year PhD student at NC State University’s Department of Economics. Avery’s research interests include agricultural economics with special interests in honeybee markets and veterinary economics utilizing econometric methods. His research has included work in the areas of goods counterfeiting and transshipment, weather effects on consumer power consumption, and student dropout and return rates contingent on socioeconomics factors. Avery holds a B.S. degree in Economics, a B.A. degree in Political Science, and a minor in Mathematics from Appalachian State University.

Robert Thompson

Robert Thompson is a second year PhD student at NC State University's Department of Economics. Robert's general research interests lie in agricultural economics, with special interests in commodity markets. Robert applies econometric methods in researching how market participants manage risks, and how the tools available to manage risk, including the federal crop insurance program, futures, options, and derivatives contracts, may be improved upon. Robert holds a B.S. degree from NC State in Agribusiness Management with a minor in Economics, as well as a Master's degree in Agricultural Economics from Mississippi State University.