Patrick Zimmer is a junior interested in applied microeconomics, development economics, behavioral economics, and international trade. Currently, Zimmer is working with Professor Jeffrey Bergstrand on his research of economic integration agreements. Zimmer researches and classifies trade agreements to update Professor Bergstrand’s economic integration database. The database classifies agreements between 194 countries for every year since 1950. Zimmer is working on updating the database to include all new agreements formed between 2013 and 2017.
During his sophomore year, Zimmer worked with Professor Alexandros Taflanidis on his research for Engineering2Empower. During this time, Zimmer researched lending models and developed surveys to assist the team in their efforts to implement an affordable and disaster-resilient solution to the housing crisis in Haiti. On a break research grant from the Kellogg International Scholars Program, Zimmer traveled to Léogâne, Haiti, during January of 2018 to conduct interviews with landowners, bank managers, and informal lending institutions.
Development economics and the economics of education
I am researching methods of lending and housing finance in developing countries to develop a payment structure for disaster resilient homes in Leogane, Haiti.