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Nicole Perales
PhD Student


Nicole is a PhD student at UC Berkeley. Her research examines how health and social services shape health outcomes. To understand what policies and services work for whom, she uses a combination of behavioral economic theory, econometrics, and machine learning. She’s particularly interested in adapting standard economic theory to better structure incentives for people with non-financial motivations who deliver health and social services. Her current work studies these questions in the context of social worker decision-making and child welfare systems in the United States, while her past work did so in the context of healthcare quality in low- and middle-income countries. She holds a MS in Global Health and Population from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a BS in International Health from Georgetown University.