As an empirical labor economist, I love numbers, and I attempt to instill that same passion to all of my students. What I do in my own research and hope students are able to do after taking one of my courses is to not only test economic theories quantitatively with real-world data, but also make the numbers “tell a story.”
Learning & Teaching
Econ. 424: Labor Economics, Econ. 307: Introductory Econometrics, Econ. 407: Econometrics II, Econ. 102: Introductory Microeconomics.
My research focuses on the how education influences outcomes, in particular, earnings later in life. Most recently, using data from the American Community Survey, I have analyzed the differing impact that earning a GED has for immigrants compared to U.S. natives. Additionally, I continue to write pedagogical pieces that shares what works for me in the classroom, in terms of helping students understand the theories better.
- “The influence that Time Costs and Money Cost Have on Work Incentives: An Application of Childcare Subsidies,” forthcoming in the Journal of Economics and Finance Education.
- “ The Economic Returns of a GED Certificate for U.S. Immigrants.” Under review.
- “Analyzing Postsecondary Returns: Does Educational Loan Default Play a Role?” Contemporary Economic Policy.
- “The Short- and Long-Run Marginal Cost Curves: An Alternative Explanation,” with David W. Boyd, Journal of Economic Education.