Read-an-intro fundraiser for Ukraine

Writing paper introductions and abstracts is both a science and an art. It is also something that younger scholars often struggle with the most. To help budding economists develop their skills and to help Ukrainians affected by the war, we are bringing together a team of more experienced economists to provide feedback on paper abstracts and introductions in exchange for donations to support underserved humanitarian needs of Ukrainians.

How to receive feedback

  • To receive feedback on your own paper or on the paper of another specific person, donate at least $100 to this fund to fill gaps in humanitarian aid needs in Ukraine (donations are tax-deductible). Please forward a confirmation of your donation along with the paper that you would like feedback on to
    • Important rules: The paper should be in pdf format. Please send the entire paper even though we are only giving feedback on abstracts+introduction; having the complete paper may help the reader. You can request feedback from a specific person (see list below), but depending on supply and demand factors, we may not be able to accommodate your request. You can also request that your identity not be known to the reader. In that case, please send an anonymized pdf. If you’re asking for feedback on a paper you are not a co-author on (e.g., the paper of your advisee), please secure their permission first.
  • To sponsor free feedback for a PhD student, donate any amount to this fund to fill gaps in humanitarian aid needs in Ukraine (donations are tax-deductible) and forward a confirmation or screenshot of your donation to We will keep track of sponsor donations and provide free feedback for each $100 in cumulative donations to students on our free feedback wait list.

How to get free feedback

At this point, only PhD students are eligible for free feedback. Additionally, even though we are only giving feedback on abstracts and introduction, you must have a complete paper draft to receive free feedback.

You can sign up for the free feedback list here. Note that free feedback will be allocated not on a first-come first-serve basis but based on a combination of prioritization of certain groups (e.g., PhD students planning to be on the market next year) and availability of suitable readers. If your paper is chosen for free feedback, you will be able to request that your identity not be known to the reader.

What to expect from the feedback

  1. Each economist who has signed up to provide feedback agrees to spend an hour of their time per paper reading and giving feedback (the hour includes writing up feedback).
  2. The goal of the feedback is to provide big-picture comments on motivation, framing, structure, and so on. While readers may make comments about grammar and sentence structure, we are not copy-editors. We will try to give you as much guidance for improving the introduction as possible but we will not do it for you.
  3. Readers will try to provide feedback within a week of receiving the paper, but depending on volume, it may take two weeks.
  4. There will be a process in place for anyone unsatisfied with the feedback they receive. Instructions will be shared with individuals getting feedback.

List of people* providing feedback

  1. David Clingingsmith, Associate Professor of Economics
  2. Tatyana Deryugina, Associate Professor of Finance, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  3. Anastassia Fedyk, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
  4. Anne Fitzpatrick, Assistant Professor, UMass Boston
  5. Ludovica Gazze, Assistant Professor, University of Warwick
  6. Robert Gonzalez, Assistant Professor, Georgia Tech
  7. Nandini Gupta, Associate Professor of Finance, Indiana University
  8. Holger Herz, Professor, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  9. Daniel Heyen, Professor, University of Kaiserslautern
  10. Matt Holian, Professor and Chair, Economics Department, San Jose State University
  11. Dmytro Hryshko, Associate Professor, University of Alberta
  12. Sarah Jacobson, Associate Professor of Economics, Williams College
  13. Matthew Kotchen, Professor, Yale University
  14. Andrea La Nauze, Lecturer, University of Queensland
  15. Ben Lester, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
  16. Arik Levinson, Professor of Economics, Georgetown University
  17. Bart Lipman, Professor, Boston University
  18. Alejandro Lopez-Lira, Assistant Professor of Finance, University of Florida
  19. Luca Mazzone, Economist, International Monetary Fund
  20. Aleksandr Michuda, Assistant Research Professor
  21. Daniel Millimet, Professor of Economics, Southern Methodist University
  22. Juan Moreno Cruz, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Energy Transitions, University of Waterloo
  23. Olena Ogrokhina, Associate Professor, Lafayette College
  24. Mallesh Pai, Associate Professor, Rice University
  25. Nicolas Petrosky-Nadeau, FRB San Francisco
  26. Stefano Pietrosanti, Economist
  27. Jean Paul Rabanal, Associate Professor of Finance, University of Stavanger, Norway
  28. Colin Rowat, Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham
  29. Olga Rud, Associate Professor, University of Stavanger
  30. Daniel Schaefer, Assistant Professor, Johannes Kepler University Linz
  31. Eva Schliephake, Assistant Professor, Católica Lisbon
  32. Hans Henrik Sievertsen, Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol
  33. Marciano Siniscalchi, Full Professor, Northwestern University Economics Department
  34. Arthur Small, Lecturer, University of Virginia
  35. Constantine Sorokin, Lecturer, Glasgow University
  36. Bryan Stuart, Economist

*Some people providing feedback asked not to be listed publicly.