Helen Ho is a Research Director at The People Lab at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her research focuses on strengthening the public sector workforce, especially by increasing diversity and supports for workers. Her current projects include a theoretical and experimental examination of the effect of worker voice on willingness-to-work and a field experiment of high school programs to increase diversity in STEM. Some of her prior projects have focused on the effects of the criminal justice system, including a field experiment of criminal justice debt relief and a field experiment on the effects of failure to appear for court. Previously, Helen has worked as a research assistant at the Urban Institute, National Bureau of Economic Research, and MIT’s School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative, where she conducted qualitative and quantitative research in a variety of social policy areas. Helen holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University.


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