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Influencing economic policy

Mehraan Keval always felt destined for a career in public service. And his commitment to work on policies aimed at reducing the gaps between rich and poor strengthened as he became more engaged with the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) during his senior year at the university.

As the first recipient of a SIEPR postgraduate fellowship funded by our donors, he now has the opportunity — and support from Stanford faculty — to help shape the course of those policies.

Follow Mehraan’s journey from Stanford’s campus to Stockton’s city hall to see how one graduate with the support of SIEPR faculty can make an impact.

“I think public service was always in the cards for me.”

Mehraan Keval, ’18

Meet Mehraan Keval, SIEPR’s first postgraduate fellow, as he explains what motivates him to work on Stockton’s universal basic income program that aims to alleviate poverty.


“If we can make policies better, that would be an incredible success. And I’m determined we do that.”

Mark Duggan, SIEPR Director

Getting ready to graduate Stanford and begin his fellowship in Stockton, Mehraan discusses the expectations of his fellowship with Mark Duggan.


“We don’t know what works unless we measure it. And that’s where SIEPR can be very helpful.”

Michael Tubbs, Stockton Mayor

Mehraan gets to work on Stockton’s universal basic income rollout, while the city’s mayor explains what he expects to learn from Mehraan's analysis of this policy experiment.


“SIEPR is involved directly with what’s on the ground in a major city.”

Maya Rossin-Slater, SIEPR Faculty Fellow

As Mehraan develops a deeper understanding of universal basic income, Stanford faculty discuss the impact social scientists have in creating sound economic policy.

“This has dramatically shifted what I thought I was capable of.”

Mehraan Keval, ’18

He helped launch two economic policy initiatives during his fellowship in Stockton. Now Mehraan Keval is reflecting on the impact he's had while also looking forward to his next steps toward a career in public policy.