Department of Economics at the University of California, Davis. I also work as a Graduate Student Assistant at the State of California’s Employment Development Department for the California Policy Lab.
My primary research interests are related to the design of social insurance and safety net programs. I am also interested in the economics of health behaviors. My recent work on the US Unemployment Insurance program has been funded by the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and the Bilinski Educational Foundation.
Fields: Public, Labor, Health
Curriculum Vitae (Updated October 2020)
Draft coming soon
(with Lester Lusher and Rebecca Taylor)
Current Version: October 2020
Conditionally Accepted, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
(with Eunju Lee)
Draft coming soon
(with Alex Bell and Till von Wachter)
Overspending driven by oversized single dose vials of cancer drugs
(with Peter Bach, Rena Conti, Raymond Muller, and Leonard Saltz)
British Medical Journal, 2016
California Unemployment Insurance Claims During the COVID-19 Pandemic
(with Alex Bell, Thomas J. Hedin, and Till von Wachter)
California Policy Lab Policy Brief, 2020 (updated frequently)
I am part of a team of researchers at the California Policy Lab working with the State of California’s Employment Development Department to analyze nearly real-time administrative Unemployment Insurance claims data during the Coronavirus crisis. Our findings have been released in a series of Policy Briefs, which you can find at the link above. This work has received media coverage from The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post, among others.
Employment and Earnings Among LA County Residents Experiencing Homelessness
(with Nefara Riesch and Till von Wachter)
California Policy Lab Policy Brief, February 2020
Website: Thanks to Gautam Rao and Xinyue Lin for making their code publicly available.