Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California, Berkeley

Visiting Scholars

Vasco Yasenov joined the Goldman School of Public Policy as a Postdoctoral Scholar in August 2017. He received his PhD in Economics from UC Davis earlier the same year and his B.S. in Mathematics-Economics from UC San Diego in 2012.  His research focuses on quantifying various effects of immigration on the receiving economy with a focus on the labor market implications. He has also studied the impact of school start time and scheduling policies on students' test performance. His research on these topics has been covered by The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Economist, The Atlantic, Business Insider, Bloomberg View, The Chicago Tribune, and  Vox.com among others. Vasco is also a Research Affiliate at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

 

Michael Flaherman is a visiting scholar at the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy, where he conducts research into investment issues affecting public pension funds and other governmental investors. Previously, he was a network fellow of the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, where he conducted research into tax and securities regulation issues in finance. Earlier in his career, Mr. Flaherman worked in finance. He held senior roles at New Mountain Capital, a New York-based private equity firm, from 2003 through mid-2014.  At New Mountain, he led the firm's fundraising and investor relations efforts during a period when assets under management grew substantially.  He was a member of the firm's investment committee through the end of 2010 and also sat on the board of multiple large healthcare companies on behalf of the firm. From 2011 through 2014, Mr. Flaherman was also a senior advisor to Lyrical Partners, L.P.  

Prior to New Mountain, Mr. Flaherman served for eight years, beginning in 1995, on the board of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest pension fund in the U.S. In that role, He also served as chairman of the CalPERS board's investment committee for his last three years there.  

Prior to CalPERS, Mr. Flaherman worked in the infrastructure sector and held several positions in government and the private sector related to the management and planning of public transportation systems. He has a master's degree in city planning from MIT and an A.B. in government from Harvard College. Mr. Flaherman resides in San Francisco with his family.

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