Professional and Biographical Information


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

Research Interests

My research focuses on the effects of international migration on migrant-sending developing countries. I am particularly interested in questions that examine how migration can be used as an effective tool for economic development. Currently, I work primarily in the Philippines, one of the world’s largest senders of migrants. I’ve gathered numerous large and previously unused datasets in the Philippines for my work. Using these data, I employ microeconometric techniques to analyze the causal effects of labor migration on education and labor market decisions of individuals remaining in the Philippines. 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.