Brian Wheaton is a Ph.D. candidate in the PEG Program within the Economics Department at Harvard University. His research interests include Political Economy, Empirical Macroeconomics, Applied Econometrics, and Public Finance. Broadly speaking, Brian aims to use empirical data in order to answer policy-relevant real-world economic questions.
Brian has explored the dynamics of structural changes over time in the Soviet economy and their relation to Soviet economic growth and Soviet political ideology. Some of his current projects explore the effect of legal institutions on cultural beliefs, the effect of social media on political preferences and outcomes, and the macroeconomic effects of the Eastern European flat-tax reforms.