Announcing the 2024 Meyer Dissertation Fellows

2024 Meyer Fellows

CAMBRIDGE, MA - Three Harvard doctoral students have been named 2024 John R. Meyer Dissertation Fellows by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.

Justin Katz is a PhD candidate in Business Economics whose research examines how long-term fixed-rate mortgages interact with the financial environment to impact home sales decisions, existing-home supply, and house prices.

Stephanie Kestelman is a PhD candidate in Economics whose research sheds light on the costs and benefits of community involvement in the land use decision process, and how housing supply and neighborhood characteristics change when neighbors and advocacy groups do not have input into what types of housing get developed.

Begoña Peiro is a Doctor of Design candidate whose research focuses on government-driven planned relocation initiatives being adopted as a last resort climate-adaptation strategy for informal settlements in Uruguay.

About the Meyer Fellowship

Meyer Fellows receive a stipend from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and access to the Center’s resources and interdisciplinary network of scholars and practitioners. Fellows are expected to produce a working paper and to present their work in a Housing Research Seminar at the Center.

The fellowship honors the memory of the late John R. Meyer, who chaired the Center's Faculty Committee from 1997 to 2003 and served as its Interim Director from 1996 to 1998. One of the leading urban economists of his generation, Meyer was the James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Economic Growth at the Harvard Kennedy School. He also served as president of the National Bureau of Economic Research, as a professor at Harvard Business School, and as a professor of economics at both Harvard and Yale.

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