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I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Economics at Vanderbilt University. I will be joining the Research and Statistics Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as a Research Economist in the fall. I am broadly interested in policy relevant topics in applied microeconomics. I am particularly interested in consumer and household finance, education policy, federal financial aid, and student loans. I also study issues in urban economics and health economics.

Research Highlights

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Personal Finance Education Mandates and Student Loan Repayment

Does requiring students to learn personal finance topics improve student loan repayment? I find that state mandated personal finance education during high school improves federal student loan repayment after college for first-generation and low-income students at public universities.

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The Marginal Congestion of a Taxi in New York City with Alejandro Molnar (revise & resubmit at American Economic Review)

What is the impact of more taxis on the road on localized congestion? We find that increasing the supply of taxis in New York City slowed travel times by 8-9%. We combine our estimates with car counts from satellite images to calculate that the expansion of for-hire vehicles accounts for over 60% of the slowdown in Midtown Manhattan between 2013 to 2016.

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You're Not You When You're Hungry: Measuring The Impact of a Supplemental Nutrition Program on Childhood Test Scores

What happens to test scores when food insecurity is relieved for elementary school children? I investigate an intervention which provided food over the course of the weekend to students attending school in the Mississippi Delta. I find that the intervention improved both math and language arts test scores and attendance.

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Expectations and Follow-Through: The Roles of Confidence and Non-Cognitive Skills for Self-Employment with Carmen Astorne-Figari and Andrew Hussey

What makes someone develop preferences for self-employment and are the predictors for expected self-employment the same as those for realized self-employment? We study the role of cognitive and non-cognitive skills as well as preferences to ascertain what characteristics are associated with desiring and achieving self-employment with a particular focus on gender differences in preferences.