Crystal Haijing Huang


Technical lead on IDinsight evaluation projects; passionate about increasing social impact through delivering reliable and relevant evidence to policy-makers.

Crystal Haijing Huang is an economist at IDinsight, based in the San Francisco office. At IDinsight, she is the technical lead in designing and executing impact evaluations and applying mixed methods analytic approaches to inform policy decisions. Her areas of expertise include behavioral economics, health, youth employment, and gender equality, with projects in India and across South-East Asia.

In her prior 6+ years of experience at RAND, the World Bank, and Inter-American Development Bank, Dr. Huang has conducted quantitative and qualitative policy research focusing on health, education and social protection, for clients including the Mongolian Ministry of Labor, US Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, and US Department of Labor. For her doctoral dissertation, she led a National Institutes of Health-funded randomized experiment in Uganda; applying insights from behavioral economics, she designed and implemented a novel micro-incentives intervention to improve medication adherence among HIV-positive youth.

Crystal holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago, an M.A. in International Development and Economics from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School.

List of Projects

Selected Publications

  • “Text Messaging for Improving Antiretroviral Therapy Adherence among Adolescents: One-Year Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial" Sebastian Linnemayr, Haijing Huang, Jill Luoto, Andrew Kambugu, Harsha Thirumurthy, Jessica Haberer, Glenn Wagner, Barbara Mukasa. American Journal of Public Health, 2017, 107(12):1944-1950. (Article)

  • “Short Message Service (SMS)-Based Intervention to Improve Treatment Adherence among HIV-Positive Youth in Uganda: Focus Group Findings." Yashodhara Rana, Jessica Haberer, Haijing Huang, Andrew Kambugu, Barbara Mukasa, Harsha Thirumurthy, Peter Wabukala, Glenn J. Wagner, Sebastian Linnemayy. PLoSONE, 2015, 10(4):e0125187. (Article)

  • “Understanding the Relationship Between Incentive Design and Participation in U.S. Workplace Wellness Programs" Benjamin Batorsky, Erin Taylor, Haijing Huang, Hangsheng Liu, Soeren Mattke. American Journal of Health Promotion, 2016, 30(3):198-203. (Article)

  • “Inequality and Opportunity: The Relationship Between Income Inequality and Intergenerational Transmission of Income" Francisco Perez-Arce, Ernesto Amaral, Haijing Huang, Carter Price. RAND Corporation, 2015. (Report)

  • “The Private Sector and Youth Skills and Employment Programs in Low-and-Middle-Income Countries" Peter Glick, Haijing Huang, Nelly Mejia. Washington, D.C.: World Bank Group, 2015. (Report)

  • “Improving the Mongolian labor market and enhancing opportunities for youth" Howard Shatz, Louay Constant, Francisco Perez-Arce, Eric Robinson, Robin Beckman, Haijing Huang, Peter Glick, Madhumita Ghosh Dastidar. Rand Corporation, 2015. (Report)