My main research interests lie in labor economics and household finance. Past topics include discouragement in job search, referral-based hiring and its role in career development, whether and how American families fund their children’s higher education, and the influence of financial education on the debt experiences of young adults. Ongoing projects investigate the time use choices of parents of young children, the interdependence of education debt and residential circumstances for younger U.S. workers, and the increasing reliance of American retirees on mortgage and other debt.
In the past, I’ve served as a member of the Research Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the economics departments of Stony Brook University and the University of Wisconsin. I earned my doctorate at New York University and my undergraduate degree right here at Ohio State. My research has appeared in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, and the Review of Economic Studies, among other outlets, and has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute on Aging.
This year I’ll be teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in labor economics. After nearly two decades of advising student research, I look forward to working with the incomparable students of my alma mater, The Ohio State University.