If you want to learn Slovak, click [here]. If you want to learn more about the 'stargazer' R package, please click [here]. 
Click [here] to download TableMaker for Microsoft Excel. If you are looking for the Slovak Election Data Project, please click [here].

Contact Information

E-mail: mhlavac [at] alumni.princeton.edu
Social networking: facebook [link], LinkedIn [link], twitter [link]
Other websites: Institute for Quantitative Social Science (Harvard University) [link], Scholars at Harvard [link], Social Science Research Network [link]


  • Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Expected 2016 [link]
  • MPP, Master of Public Policy in International Policy and Development, Georgetown University, McCourt School of Public Policy, 2011 [link]
  • A.B. in Economics, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, Princeton University, 2008 [link]
    • Halbert White’72 Prize in Economics for the best economics student in the Class of 2008 [pdf]
    • Wolf Balleisen Memorial Prize for the best senior thesis on an economics subject [pdf]
  • Professional Certificate in U.S. Law and Methodologies, New York University, June 2009 [link]
  • Coursework in Marketing, London School of Economics and Political Science (London, UK), Summer 2006 [link]
  • Summer Institute of Hispanic Studies, Universidad de Leon (Leon, Spain), Summer 2005 [link]
  • United World College of the Adriatic (Duino-Trieste, Italy), 2004 [link]

Professional Experience

  • The Brookings Institution, Global Economy and Development, Research Analyst / Intern, January 2011-May 2011 [link]
  • The World Bank, Development Economics Research Group (DECRG), Consultant (Research Assistant), February-August 2010 [link]
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, DC), Intern, September - December 2009 [link]
  • NERA Economic Consulting (White Plains, NY), Research Associate, July 2008 - May 2009 [link]
  • Adam Smith Institute (London, UK), Research Fellow / Intern, Summer 2007 [link]
  • Transparency International (Bratislava, Slovakia), Intern, Summer 2006 [link]

Teaching Experience

  • Nobel Prize-Winning Contributions to Economics (undergraduate tutorial), Harvard University
    • Spring 2015 [syllabus], Spring 2014 [syllabus], Spring 2013 [syllabus]
    • Awarded the Certificate of Excellence and Distinction in Teaching by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard
  • Principles of Microeconomics for Mid-Career Master of Public Administration Students, Harvard University, Summer 2013
     Teaching Assistant:
  • Political Economics (undergraduate, Prof. Andrei Shleifer), Harvard University, Spring 2014 and 2015
  • Markets and Market Failures (Master's level, Prof. George Borjas),Harvard University, Fall 2013 and 2014 [website]
  • Advanced Regression and Program Evaluation Methods for Policy Analysis (Master's level, Prof. Michael Bailey), Georgetown University, Fall 2010 
    • Topics covered: autocorrelation, probit, logit, tobit, selection models, experiments, panel data, instrumental variables
  • Macroeconomics (Master's level, Prof. Jeffrey Rohaly), Georgetown University, Spring 2011

Short-Term Projects

  • United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (Washington, DC), Graduate Fellow, Fall 2010 [link] [newsletter]
  • American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (Washington, DC), short-term consulting project (municipal clean energy), Fall 2009 [link]
  • Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), Princeton University, Undergraduate Fellow, January 2006 - June 2008 [link]


    Publications, Theses and Papers:
  • "ExtremeBounds: Extreme Bounds Analysis in R" [pdf]
  • "A Very Uneven Road: US Labor Markets in the Past 30 Years," with Harry J. Holzer [bio], forthcoming in US2010: America in the First Decade of the New Century, Russell Sage Foundation: New York, 2013 [report pdf] [press release pdf]
  • "An Uneven Road, Then A Cliff: U.S. Labor Markets, 2000-2010," with Harry J. Holzer [bio], forthcoming in US2010: America in the First Decade of the New Century, Russell Sage Foundation: New York, 2013 [report pdf] [press release pdf]
  • "Political Ideology and Individual-Level Attitudes Towards Immigration in the European Union: Evidence from the European Values Study, 2008/2009," Master's Thesis, Georgetown University, Georgetown Public Policy Institute [SSRN] [summary maps and tables]
  • "Fundamental Tax Reform: The Growth and Utility Effects of a Revenue-Neutral Flat Tax," Undergraduate Thesis, Princeton University, Dept. of Economics, April 2008 [pdf] [SSRN]
  • "Open Access for UK Schools: What Britain Can Learn from Swedish Education Reform," report, Adam Smith Institute, 2007 [pdf] [link]
    Provided research assistance for:
  • Nancy Birdsall, Homi Kharas, and Rita Perakis, "The Quality of Development Assistance Assessment 2009: Is Aid Quality Improving?", Brookings Institution, Global Economy and Development [pdf]
  • Laurence Chandy and Johannes F. Linn, "Taking Development Activities to Scales in Fragile and Low Capacity Environments," Brookings Institution, Global Economy and Development, Global Working Paper No. 41. [link] [pdf]
  • Tahir Andrabi and Jishnu Das, "In Aid We Trust: Hearts and Minds and the Pakistan Earthquake of 2005," World Bank Development Economics Research Group/Center for Global Development, Policy Research Working Paper No. 5440, October 2010 [pdf]
  • Steven Schrage, "The United States and Korea Leading Beyond the Storm: The G-20, Trade and a Roadmap for the Alliance to Lead in the Wake of the Financial Crisis," A Report of the CSIS Scholl Chair in International Business, Center for Strategic and International Studies, November 2009 [pdf]

Data Sets

  • Slovak Election Data Project: [link]
    • "Results of Parliamentary Elections in the Slovak Republic: 2002-2012 - Comprehensive Data Set." Slovak Election Data Project, 16 March 2012 [documentation pdf]
    • "Results of the 2012 Parliamentary Election in the Slovak Republic - Data Set." Slovak Election Data Project, 10 March 2012 [documentation pdf]
    • "Results of the 2010 Parliamentary Election in the Slovak Republic - Data Set." Slovak Election Data Project, 28 June 2010 [documentation pdf]
    • "Results of the 2006 Parliamentary Election in the Slovak Republic - Data Set." Slovak Election Data Project, 28 June 2010 [documentation pdf]
    • "Results of the 2002 Parliamentary Election in the Slovak Republic - Data Set." Slovak Election Data Project, 28 June 2010 [documentation pdf]


[In Slovak] "Slovák, čo mení názor sveta na chudobu," (English: "The Slovak who changes the world's view of poverty"), profile in Slovakia's premier economic newspaper Hospodárske noviny, 23 November 2010 [link] [English translation - pdf
  • [In Slovak] "Kríza na USA tvrdo dopadla," (English: "The crisis has hit the United States hard"), Hospodárske noviny, 23 November 2010 [link] [English translation - pdf]

Popular Writing

  • Since early 2013, I have been a contributor to SME [link], the most influential newspaper in Slovakia. I write opinion articles about current affairs and economic issues.
    • "Škrt cez všetky rozpočty," ("A cut through all budgets"), about the budget sequester in the United States, SME, 24 March 2013 [link]
    • "Transatlantická dohoda ako liek proti kríze?" ("Transatlantic agreement as a cure against the crisis?"), about US-EU free trade agreement negotiations, SME, 10 March 2013 [link]
    • "Taliansko v rukách komediantov," ("Italy in the hands of comedians"), about the Italian parliamentary election, SME, 28 February 2013 [link]
  • "On Free Trade, the G-20 Should Make Actions Match Words," op-ed, Center for Strategic and International Studies, William E. Simon Chair Blog, September 2009 [pdf]
  • “A new curriculum in a cold climate,” an article (by invitation) about school reform in the House Magazine, a weekly policy newsletter published by the Parliament of the United Kingdom, January 2008 [pdf]
  • [In Slovak] "Ponaučenia z austrálskeho Queenslandu pre slovenské verejné firmy," (English: "Lessons from Queensland, Australia for Slovak public enterprises"), Pod lupou (English: Under the Magnifying Glass), a review of Michael J. Wincop's book Corporate Governance in Government Corporations, published in Transparency International Slovakia's quarterly anti-corruption newsletter, July - September 2006 [pdf]


  • stargazer - an R package that creates LaTeX code for well-formatted regression and summary statistics tables [link]
  • ExtremeBounds - an R package that performs Extreme Bounds Analysis [link]
  • TableMaker - a user-friendly interface to create Excel tables [download here] - Note: enable Excel macros when opening
  • Hangman [for STATA] [for R] - an adaptation of the classic paper and pencil game; one of the first computer games ever written for these statistical programming languages
  • Some of my other programs, often written in collaboration with Peter Macko [link], can be found on the Aific website [link]
    • Of these, the most famous one is probably Sedliak [link], which allows you to have a funny conversation with the computer in Slovak.
    • Also, check out CotoBall [link], a volleyball game for which I helped out with the live commentary.

Conferences and Presentations

  • Political Economy of International Organizations, Princeton, NJ, January 2012 [link]
  • Bratislava Economic Meeting 2012, Bratislava, Slovakia, June 2012 [link] [schedule pdf]
  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), Fall Research Conference, Washington, DC, November 2011 [link]
  • European Values Study (EVS) Workshop, Vilnius University, Faculty of Philosophy, Vilnius, Lithuania, June-July 2011 [pdf]
  • Technical University of Košice, Faculty of Economics, Košice, Slovakia, June 2011 [link]
  • US2010 Census Project Workshop, Russell Sage Foundation, New York, NY, May 2011 [link]

Professional Associations and Other Affiliations

  • Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), Harvard University, affiliate [link]
  • Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Project, Country Expert (Slovakia), University of Notre Dame (USA) / Boston University (USA) / University of Gothenburg (Sweden) / Lund University (Sweden) [link]
  • SlovakAid - Slovak Agency for International Development Cooperation (Slovenská agentúra pre medzinárodnú rozvojovú spoluprácu - SAMRS) [link], the Slovak government's official development aid agency
    • listed as an independent expert on international development with expertise in foreign aid effectiveness in general, as well as in conflict-ridden, fragile and low-capacity states [link]


  • Harvard University, Department of Government, Concentration Advisor (Fall 2013 - present)
  • Reviewer for: Party Politics, Revista Colombiana de Estadística (Colombian Journal of Statistics)

Computer Skills

Office software: MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) [link], Advanced MS Excel + programming in Visual Basic for Applications [link]
Data management and statistical analysis:
SAS [link], STATA [link], Mathematica [link]
Programming: C [link], JAVA [link], Pascal [link], VBA [link]