Professional and Biographical Information

Degrees

Ph.D., University of Michigan (2014)
M.A., University of Michigan (2011)
B.A., Colby College (2006)

Research Interests

My research focuses on labor markets in developing countries. My work centers on labor migration from developing countries to richer countries and the role of human capital investment, specifically investment in education, on labor market outcomes. In my work on migration, I am particularly interested in questions that examine how migration can be used as an effective tool for economic development. Using large administrative datasets primarily from the Philippines, I employ microeconometric techniques to analyze the causal effects of labor migration on education, health, and labor market decisions of individuals remaining in the Philippines. In another current project, I am evaluating the government of the Philippines' principal anti-child labor program. My previous research examines the effects of economic shocks in destination countries on demand for migrants and their wages. 

Teaching Interests

My teaching complements my research. I teach a course called “The Economics of Migration” that examines the effects of migration on host countries, sending countries, and the migrants themselves. The course pays particular attention to the links between migration and development. I also teach introductory economics, and I enjoy providing students with their first economic toolbox. I also teach econometrics at Amherst, and I find it particularly rewarding to teach students to engage with economic research.