Ph.D. (economics), The University of Texas at Austin, 2018
M.S. (economics), The University of Texas at Austin, 2015
A.B. (economics) and Certificate (political economy), Princeton University, 2009
My research focuses primarily on the impact of government policies on the macroeconomy, with a particular emphasis on understanding the effects of monetary and fiscal policy on the labor market. I have examined how monetary policy has effects that differ across groups of people, such as workers who have been recently laid off or who are in occupations and industries vulnerable to automation and off-shoring. I am currently studying the efficacy of government spending policies aimed at reducing unemployment.
I enjoy teaching both introductory and intermediate macroeconomics courses with an emphasis on the answers to two seemingly simple questions: “Why are some countries rich while others are poor?” and “Why do we see strong income and output growth in some periods but stagnation or even decline in others?” An understanding of these two broad topics—long-run growth and short-run fluctuations—provides a strong basis for a deeper examination of issues like inflation, unemployment, money and the banking system, and the macroeconomic consequences of income and wealth inequality.