Bio

I am a PhD candidate in the Political Economy and Government (PEG) Program within the Economics Department at Harvard University.  My research interests include Political Economy, Cultural Economics, Macroeconomics, and Public Economics.  Broadly speaking, I aim to use empirical data in order to answer policy-relevant real-world political and economic questions.

My job market paper focuses on the effects of laws on beliefs held by the public, finding that virtually every major US social policy law of the past half-century has induced significant backlash.  Some of my other projects explore the effects of school corporal punishment on long-run cultural and economic outcomes, the macroeconomic effects of the Eastern European flat-tax reforms, and the implications of the minimum wage for monetary policy efficacy.