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Heidi H. Liu

Sharswood Fellow

Heidi Liu

Heidi Liu’s research focuses on how behavioral realities intersect with legal theories, with implications for law and gender inequality. Trained in experimental and statistical methods, she applies theories from behavioral economics to a variety of legal settings. Continue reading…

Heidi Liu’s research focuses on how behavioral realities intersect with legal theories, with implications for law and gender inequality. Trained in experimental and statistical methods, she applies theories from behavioral economics to a variety of legal settings. Her work often considers how situational and individual factors reinforce, or reduce, gender and racial disparities, from college campuses to the workplace. Addressing issues such as diversity, equal pay and harassment, her research has implications for employment and anti-discrimination law. Her current project explores the legal foundations and consequences of restricting certain uses of information on legal decision-making, inspired by her previous research on disclosure.

Heidi’s research appears in law reviews and peer-reviewed psychology journals, as well as the Harvard Business Review. Her work has been supported by Pivotal Ventures and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, as well as the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy, the Women and Public Policy Program, the Mind, Brain and Behavior Program, and the John M. Olin Fellowship at Harvard.

Heidi received her A.B. in economics magna cum laude, J.D., and Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard. Prior to her graduate studies, she was a research assistant for the book Nudge and worked at an economic consulting firm. During graduate studies, she worked as an editor for the Harvard Kennedy School’s Gender Action Portal and at a Silicon Valley law firm.
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