Research

I am a labor economist with primary research interests in the economics of education.
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Research in Progress

Minimum wages and two-year college enrollment

Incentives and inputs in the education production function (with Daniel Jones)

Team production in STEM (with Stacey Hancock)

Working Papers

A Doctor Like Me: Physician-Patient Race-Match and Patient Outcomes (with Daniel Jones and Lindsey Woodworth)​ [working paper]

The effect of school closings on teacher labor market outcomes and teacher effectiveness (with Daniel Jones[working paper]

Self-fulfilling prophecies in the classroom (with Daniel Jones) [working paper]

Paying for whose performance? Teacher incentive pay and the black-white achievement gap (with Daniel Jones[working paper]

Publications

The impacts of performance pay on teacher effectiveness and retention: Does teacher gender matter? (with Daniel Jones)
    Journal of Human Resources (forthcoming) [working paper]

A teacher who knows me: The academic benefits of repeat student-teacher matches (with Daniel Jones)
    Economics of Education Review 64 (2018): 1-12 [link]
    (Media coverage: Chalkbeat, Education Week, The Hechinger Report)

Does partisan affiliation impact the distribution of spending? Evidence from state governments' expenditures on education (with Daniel Jones)
    Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 143 (2017): 58-77 [link]

The positive influence of female college students on their male peers
    Labour Economics 44 (2017): 151-160 [link]
    (Media coverage: Boston Globe)

State affirmative action bans and STEM degree completions
    Economics of Education Review 57 (2017): 31-40 [link]
    (Media coverage: National Affairs)

The girl next door: The effect of opposite gender friends on high school achievement
    American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 7.3 (2015): 147-177 [link]

The costs of failure: Negative externalities in high school course repetition 
    Economics of Education Review 43 (2014): 91-105 [link]

Superstition in the housing market (with Nicole M. Fortin and Jeff Huang)
    Economic Inquiry 52.3 (2014): 974-993 [working paper] [link]
    (Media coverage: Globe and MailMacLeansWall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Financial Post)

Industry structure and labor market flexibility in the South African manufacturing sector: A time series and panel data approach (with Johannes W. Fedderke)
    Economic Modelling 28.3 (2011): 1291-1302 [link]