Michael Poyker is a 3rd year PhD student at the Global Economics and Management Department of the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He received a BA and MA in Oriental and African Studies from Moscow State University in 2010 and 2012 respectively, and earned an MA in Economics from the New Economic School (Moscow) in 2012. His research interests focus primarily on Economics of Inequality, Coercion and Culture. His current research looks at patterns of women's rights, health practices, and education in the Middle East and Africa, and private prison industry in the US. Michael’s current affiliation is with the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he works as a Teaching and Research Assistant.