Since July 2013, I am an Assistant Professor in the Work & Organizations Group at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota– Twin Cities. I received my PhD from the Institute for Work and Employment Research at
the MIT Sloan School of Management, where my dissertation advisors were David Autor (MIT Economics) and Paul Osterman (MIT Sloan), and a bachelor's degree from the ILR School at Cornell University. I am also on the Graduate Faculty of Minnesota's Department of Applied Economics and the Minnesota Population Center (MPC), and am a member of the Social Media and Business Analytics Collaborative (SOBACO).
research is in personnel economics, a branch of labor economics that concerns employment issues within firms. I work with companies to analyze their compensation plans, incentives, and staffing practices, for the primary purpose of improving organizational performance. Here are some recent examples:
- Using "Big Data" to Improve Organizational Performance. I'm working with a company that provides sales performance management software over the cloud to bring microeconomic methods to data science. A sample research question: "Do the best salespeople tend to make the best sales managers? If not, who does?"
- Working with Companies. I'm currently working with individual companies to analyze the effectiveness of their incentives, staffing, and retention programs. A sample research question: "How effective are manufacturing plants' incentives to reduce defect rates?"