I am an applied microeconomist working at the intersection of education policy and labor economics. I'm particularly interested in trying to understand how education systems can be designed to reduce inequalities and sustain employment through changes in the nature of work. My research is generously supported by J-PAL and the VATT Institute for Economic Research, amongst others, and I am a research affiliate at CESifo.
I am on the 2022-2023 academic job market.
Job market paper:
This paper provides large-scale evidence linking the economic effects of childcare programs to social skills measured in adulthood. First, we evaluate the effects of Finland's first national public childcare program and find that small average effects of public childcare access mask considerable heterogeneity; public childcare levels the playing field, reducing the persistence between parent and child income. Second, we show that treatment effects on income are most correlated with treatment effects on adult measures of social competence and almost uncorrelated with effects on fluid intelligence. These results suggest that sustained effects on social skills may be particularly important in explaining the effects of childcare. Additionally, we show that childcare affects earnings by changing the types of jobs people do, and that these effects are only partly explained by shifts in later educational choices.
Preventing the social exclusion of immigrants (with Michela Carlana, Matti Sarvimäki, and Marco Tabellini)