I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at Rutgers University. I recently completed a two-year postdoc at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy.
My research focuses on how public policy can reduce poverty, increase economic opportunity, and encourage egalitarian social attitudes, while identifying unintended consequences. Specifically, my current research looks at the EITC and finds that this program helped lead to the rise of working mothers in the 1970s (link), improved the education and employment outcomes of children of EITC recipients (link), changed social attitudes about the role of women in society (link), and had positive effects on marriage and fertility (link).
In new work with Maggie R Jones at the U.S. Census, we show that the EITC helps pay for itself by increasing various forms of tax revenue and by decreasing reliance on other forms of public assistance (link). I presented this research at the NBER spring public economics meeting.
I recently received a grant from the Smith Richardson Foundation to continue my research on the EITC. My dissertation was chosen as a winner of the 2017 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertations in Government Finance and Taxation by the National Tax Association.
I completed a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Michigan, as well as an M.A. in Economics at New York University and a B.A. in Mathematics.