Assistant Professor / Research Division of Comparative and World

Specialization: Applied Microeconomics, Health Economics,
Economics of Education, Labor Economics


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Previous research

My research interests are in the field of applied microeconomics. In particular, my research aims to examine policy-relevant questions in education, health, and urban economics using quasi-experimental methods. My recent work includes (1) a study of whether being tracked into higher-ability classrooms affects student achievement. Using administrative data from Thai middle schools, I show that being tracked into classrooms with higher-ability students alone does not lead to significant increases in student achievement. (2) a study of the impact of misinformation about vaccines on immunization behavior. My result shows that at a minimum, misinformation about vaccines caused parents to delay vaccinating their children by over a year, and at most prevented them from ever immunizing their children. (3) a study that tests for religious discrimination by examining the impact of mosque openings on property prices. 


Current research projects

One project that I am currently working on examines the impact of fair housing policies in the US. In an effort to combat discrimination and reduce racial disparities in housing, several U.S. cities have imposed strict regulations on landlords. In this project, I study whether these policies help minority citizens as intended, or inadvertently exacerbate racial disparities in housing. In another ongoing project, my coauthor and I examine the impact of media consolidation. In particular, we study the mergers and takeovers of local TV stations and how they affect the political and fiscal preferences of people in the impacted markets. Please visit my website for additional information and working papers.


education, health, urban economics, discrimination