I am an assistant professor of economics at UCLA.  My research interests are in housing and housing finance, urban economics, consumer finance, and applied microeconomics more broadly.

Papers:


What it's about: I use geographic variation in the 2008 conforming loan limit increases to study the effect of credit availability on house prices.  I use the original asking price of a home-for-sale as an IV for the likelihood that it will be purchased using a loan in the range affected by the CLL increases.



What it's about: We study the economic causes and consequences of the growing food truck phenomenon in the U.S.  We argue that mobile communication technology enabled the food truck business model, and that food trucks use their mobility to capitalize on consumer taste-for-variety.



What it's about: Using a novel dataset that matches house for-sale listings to housing transactions, we provide new evidence about the magnitude and the mechanisms behind the effect of foreclosures on nearby property values.  



What it's about: I develop and estimate a structural model of the housing and mortgage markets and investigate a counterfactual in which an alternative mortgage design that shares house price risk between the borrower and lender is introduced.