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I am an Associate Economist at the RAND Corporation. I earned my PhD in economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2019. My research uses the tools of applied microeconomics to evaluate labor, health and education policies.
 
 
 
 

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Education
University of Illinois at Chicago
PhD - Economics
University of Illinois at Chicago
Master of Arts - Economics
University of Illinois at Chicago
BA with Honors
Economics (minor in Mathematics)
 

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Awards & Fellowships
2018
U.S. Census Bureau Center for Economic Studies Dissertation Mentorship Program
2018
Sylvia L. Saffrin Award,
UIC Department of Economics
2014 - 2018
University Fellowship
UIC Graduate College
 

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Research

“The Impact of Parental Involvement Laws on Teen Abortion” (with Theodore Joyce and Robert Kaestner) NBER Working Paper #25758 (April 2019), Demography, (February 2020).

"The Effect of Large-scale Performance-Based Funding in Higher Education" (with Ben Ost)

Forthcoming, Education Finance and Policy

"A Test of Supply-side Explanations of Geographic Variation in Healthcare Use" (with Kevin Callison and Robert Kaestner) NBER Working Paper 25037, September 2018

"Education and Health: A Cohort, Period and Age Approach" (with Robert Kaestner and Cuiping Schiman) Under review, July 2018

“Decentralized Governance and the Quality of School Leadership” (with Derek Laing, Steven Rivkin and Jeff Schiman) - NBER Working Paper 22061, March 2016.

"Summer School Breaks, Maternal Labor Supply, and Family Outcomes" Dissertation chapter

Works in Progress

“The Effects of the Opioid Epidemic on Household Composition and Family Roles” (with Engy Ziedan)

“Compensating Differentials and Teacher Turnover: Evidence from the Four-Day School Week” (with Jeffrey Schiman)

“Educator Pension Reform as a Cut in State School Aid” (with Chuanyi Guo, David Merriman, and Darren Lubotsky)

“Gentrification, Neighborhood Sorting, and School Desegregation: Evidence from the Chicago Tier System” (with Marcus Casey)

Media

“A test of supply-side explanations of geographic variation in health care use” (with Kevin Callison and Robert Kaestner) Vox CEPR Policy Portal, October 13, 2018.

 

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Teaching
2018
University of Illinois at Chicago
Principles of Macroeconomics
Teaching Assistant
2017
University of Illinois at Chicago
Undergraduate econometrics
Instructor
Percent rating instructor as very good or excellent overall: 90
Sample of Teaching Materials
 

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Invited Presentations
2018
"A Test of Supply-side Explanations of Geographic Variation in Health Care Use" (Poster)
ASHEcon meeting, Atlanta, GA
"The Four-day School Week and Parental Labor Supply"
Association for Education Finance and Policy Annual Meeting, Portland, OR
Midwest Economic Association Annual Meeting, Evanston, IL
2017
"Licensure Requirements and Regional Equilibrium in Teacher Labor Markets"
Association for Education Finance and Policy Annual Meeting, Washington DC
2014
“Decentralized Governance and the Quality of School Leadership”
APPAM Fall Research Conference
Albuquerque, NM
 

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Referee Service

Education Finance and Policy

Population Research and Policy Review

Journal of Policy Analysis and Management

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