The Maloof Fellowship

The Maloof Fellowships are funded by the generosity of Edmond D. Villani and the Frederic and Agnes Maloof Foundation. The fellowships support one or more doctoral students in Economics at Georgetown University, particularly students of Lebanese or more broadly Arabic/Middle Eastern descent. 


  • Maria Hernandez de Benito

Maria’s fields of interest include applied microeconomics and development economics. Her current research studies the effects of violent crime on intra-household resource allocations and marriage markets. During her PhD, she conducted field work in Tanzania to study women’s land rights. Her dissertation also explores the effect of children’s gender composition on family structure, and the role of social norms as barriers to gender equality.

  • Juan Margitic

Juan’s fields of interest include political economy, development economics, and public economics. His research combines theory and empirical analysis to answer policy-oriented questions on topics such as voting, redistribution, and poverty. One chapter of Juan’s dissertation investigates the causal impact of distance to a polling location on turnout in the US.


  • Becka Brolinson

Becka’s fields of interest include environmental, public, and energy economics. Her research focuses on public policy questions such as how to efficiently price electricity and how to estimate the value of public transit. One part of Becka’s dissertation asks if a commonly used type of residential electricity pricing achieves its goals of encouraging conservation and helping low-income households.

  • Madhulika Khanna

Madhulika’s fields of interest include development economics and applied microeconomics. In her dissertation, she studies decisions that shape the process of human capital formation and explores how certain cultural contexts cause and sustain gender gaps in human development. Her current body of work explores a range of topics, including female education and health, marriage markets and children’s time use.


  • Givi Melkadze

Givi’s research is at the intersection of macroeconomics and finance. He studies the effect of fluctuations in aggregate uncertainty on credit supply and its implications for real economic activity. Givi also studies the optimal design of government policies in times of heightened uncertainty. To this end, he applies both quantitative macroeconomic models and empirical analyses.

  • Allison Stashko

Allison’s fields of interest include public finance, political economy, and law and economics. Her research uses theory to inform empirical analysis of topics such as racial profiling, gerrymandering, and the politics of redistribution. Allison’s dissertation asks whether police maximize arrests or minimize crime, in an effort to better understand how to test for illegal discrimination. 


  • Ammar Farooq

Ammar Farooq’s dissertation explores the implications of heterogeneity in labor markets on aggregate productivity and the impact of public policy in improving labor market efficiency. In Ammar’s work, he borrows heavily from the literature on search models of the labor market where heterogeneity in the labor market impacts aggregate outcomes. Ammar also uses tools from the applied microeconomics literature to identify the effects of public policies on labor market efficiency. 

  • ​Wenlan Luo

Wenlan’s research focuses on the interaction between macroeconomic policy and household heterogeneity. Wenlan asks questions such as how the effects of monetary policy vary across households through credit extensions, how aggregate statistics reveal information on the determinants of top wealth inequality, and how redistributive motive affects optimal income taxation. Wenlan answers these questions both empirically and via quantitative structural models.