Michael Hou

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Senior Policy Associate, J-PAL Global

Michael Hou is a Senior Policy Associate at J-PAL Global, where he works on the Firms and Finance sectors. In this role, he synthesizes evidence to write policy publications and helps develop research partnerships. He also supports the Firms-side of the Jobs and Opportunity Initiative.

Prior to joining J-PAL in 2022, Michael served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Albania. As a graduate student, Michael worked as both a teaching assistant in economics and research assistant in public policy, focusing on energy access in Africa. He also interned on the Structured Finance team at the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation.

Michael holds a master’s degree in public policy from Duke University. He received his bachelor’s degree in business from New York University, with a concentration in economics.