My primary fields are labor economics and economic demography and my main research focus is the empirical investigation of issues related to poverty and family structure. A central goal of my research is to inform our understanding of how individuals make important decisions that affect their standard of living, such as those concerning work, schooling, marriage and divorce, childbearing, migration and participation in government welfare programs. I am particularly interested in how these decisions are affected by the economic environment and by government policies. Research topics have included: how shocks to demand for low-skilled workers affect education, marriage, work and welfare participation, the effect of welfare programs on migration decisions, determinants of divorce, migration decisions of dual-earner couples, migration flows in and out of gentrifying neighborhoods.
ECON 4339 - Economics Honors Seminar 2
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
For information consult the department's director of honors. This course does not count toward major requirements.
ECON 4848 - Applied Econometrics
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2022
Introduces students to the practice of applied regression analysis. Summarizes and reviews the regression technique, explores U.S. census data sources, introduces an advanced statistical software package and provides structured exercises in regression analysis of census data. Concludes with independent research projects analyzing social and economic issues using regression analysis and census data.
ECON 8209 - Economics Research Methods Workshop 1
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Assists students starting their doctoral thesis by discussing methodology and evaluation of economic research. Presents and discusses student research proposals.