SCEPA's Research Associates


Siavash RadpourOwen Davis is a Ph.D. student in economics at the New School for Social Research and a Research Associate with the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis. His research focuses on the extent of financial fragility among U.S. households and its effects on retirement savings and wellbeing. His other research interests include labor market dynamics and trends in workers' bargaining power.



Jose Coronado is a PhD candidate at The New School for Social Research and a Research Fellow at the Institute of Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London. Jose's research interests are econometrics, microeconomics, political economy, and complexity economics. He has received his MPhil and MA from The New School for Social Research.


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Aida Farmand is a PhD student in the economics department at the New School for Social Research. She is currently a research assistant in the SCEPA Retirement Equity Lab. Her research interests include development economics, macro-econometrics, and public finance. Aida received a BS in mathematics from the State University of New York at Albany.


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Flávia Leite holds a MSc in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from the New School (2017) and a BA in economics from the University of São Paulo (2014). She has worked for private and public institutions with planning and financing of urban/real estate projects. As a research assistant at SCEPA, her work focuses on investigating the financing, economic and urban impacts of the Hudson Yards Project in NYC. Recently, she published a working paper with SCEPA’s Associate Director, Bridget Fisher, uncovering the project’s costs. Currently, she is co-authoring research on land value capture mechanisms.

Michael Papadopoulos

Michael Papadopoulos is a Ph.D. candidate in the Economics department of The New School and a Research Associate with the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis. His research focuses on the labor market for older workers and institutions governing the bargaining process. His most recent study ties the growth in alternative work arrangements to lower reservation wages, a proxy measure for bargaining power. He has also published research analyzing the effect that increased competition for jobs resulting from boomers' large birth cohorts had in decreasing their own wages. Currently, he is co-authoring research assessing whether retiring later actually helps workers reach financial preparedness for retirement.