I am completing my Ph.D. in the Department of Economics at Purdue University. I previously received a M.S. in Economics from Iowa State University and a B.S. in Economics from Fairfield University in my home state of Connecticut.
As an empirical labor economist I employ both experimental and field data to investigate a variety of policy issues . My current research focus is on job search and unemployment insurance and is reflected in my dissertation work. The first chapter of my dissertation is an experimental study of the effect of unemployment benefit generosity on search for vertically differentiated jobs. In designing and conducting that experiment a second paper evolved which uses horizontally differentiated real effort tasks to examine the effect of unemployment insurance on job search and labor productivity. In a third paper, I use panel data to investigate the role of unemployment insurance on changes in alcohol use and abuse related to job loss. Please see the tabs to the right for further discussion of my research.
At Purdue I had the opportunity to develop and teach online versions of Microeconomics and Principles of Economics. I have taught several sections of these courses in both face-to-face and online formats, earning multiple teaching awards from the Krannert School and the Purdue University Committee for the Education of Teaching Assistants.
I will be available for interviews at the ASSA meetings in Philadelphia.
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