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Matthew Pesavento

PhD Student

Hometown: Upper Arlington, Ohio

Undergraduate Institution and Major:
University of Michigan, B.S. in Economics (2016)

Graduate Institution and Major:
Miami University, M.A. in Economics (2019)

Research Interests:
In the broadest sense possible, Matthew Pesavento is an empirical researcher interested in causally estimating the sorting behavior that rational actors exhibit as a result of policies. Where possible, Pesavento strives to use administrative data, computer science techniques and econometric methods to assess policy, drawing on the latest research and appropriate tools. His current research focuses on understanding how regulation shapes sorting, and how individuals react to disaster scenarios when faced with uncertainty. As Pesavento’s knowledge of public policy and public economics develops, he has grown to incorporate concepts like rent seeking and regulatory privilege into this research focus. As a researcher, he also has an unexplored interest in consumer credit and education policy.

Relevant Professional Experience:

  • Advanced Analytics, Cardinal Health Inc. (2016-2018)

Funded Appointments:

  • University Fellowship, The Ohio State University (2019-2020)


  • (Working Paper) “The impact of direct to consumer shipping laws on the size distribution of wineries”
  • (Working Paper) “The impact of landfills on population density and sorting”
  • (Working Paper) “Moderating the effects of advising characteristics: evidence from a controlled experiment” (with Dormady and Greenbaum)
  • (Work in progress) “The impact of Ohio energy deregulation on consumer gas prices” (with Dormady, Hoyt, Morin, Roa-Henriquez, and Welch)

Professional Organizations:

  • American Economic Association
  • Association for Public Policy and Management
  • Catholic Research Economists Discussion Organization

Conference Presentations:

  • “Explaining Resilience Actions Under Repeated Disasters: Evidence from a Controlled Experiment” (APPAM, 2019)
Portable Innovation, Policy Wormholes, and Innovation Diffusion
Environmental Policy and Management
August 07, 2019
This article explores the effects of city managers' career paths on the diffusion of climate policy innovation among municipal governments in the United States.
The COVID-19 Pandemic and Student Achievement on Ohio’s Third-Grade English Language Arts Assessment
January 27, 2021
This report draws on data from the fall administration of Ohio’s annual Third-Grade English Language Arts assessment to examine how the COVID pandemic has affected student learning in the state.
Whatever it Takes: Sexual Harassment in the Context of Resource Dependence
Social Policy
March 09, 2021
Research suggests powerful resource dependencies are present in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Glenn College Releases Review of Columbus Response to 2020 Protests
Civic Engagement, Advocacy and Volunteerism
April 26, 2021
In July 2020, Columbus City leaders commissioned an independent, outside after-action review of the City’s response to protests that took place last summer. Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs were named the lead investigative team.
Resilience Decision Making in Repeated Disasters
Public Finance and Budgeting
June 07, 2021
The research, published in Environment Systems and Decisions Journal, examines resilience decision making in the context of repeated catastrophic events.
Maximizing the Efficiency of Active Case Finding for SARS-CoV-2 Using Bandit Algorithms
June 14, 2021
Using bandit algorithms, the authors of a paper in Medical Decision Making present and test an approach for finding otherwise undetected cases of COVID-19 before they lead to a widespread outbreak.
Not All High-Growth Firms Are Alike: Capturing and Tagging Ohio’s Gazelles
June 29, 2021
In this study, published in Economic Development Quarterly, the authors present a statistically valid typology of high-growth firms, also known as gazelles, to determine if payroll and job growth patterns differ between groups or clusters.
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Student Learning in Ohio
August 27, 2021
Analysis of Spring 2021 Ohio State Tests
Informational Determinants of Large-area Hurricane Evacuations
Environmental Policy and Management
August 30, 2021
This study, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, presents an experimental design that overcomes the counterfactual problem present in all prior published experiments by relying on an actual storm with a known outcome.