Job Market Paper
How Does Race Impact Labor Productivity? Evidence from Primary Care
PDF in the works
Does Diversity Matter for Health? Experimental Evidence from Oakland
American Economic Review (forthcoming) with Marcella Alsan and Owen Garrick
We study the effect of physician workforce diversity on the demand for preventive care among African-American men. In an experiment in Oakland, California, we randomize black men to black or non-black male medical doctors. We use a two-stage design, measuring decisions before (pre-consultation) and after (post-consultation) meeting their assigned doctor. Subjects select a similar number of preventives in the pre-consultation stage, but are much more likely to select every preventive service, particularly invasive services, once meeting with a racially concordant doctor. Our findings suggest black doctors could reduce the black-white male gap in cardiovascular mortality by 19%.
Workers’ Spending Response to the 2011 Payroll Tax Cuts
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy (2016) with Wilbur van der Klaauw and Basit Zafar
This paper investigates workers’ spending response to the 2011 payroll tax cuts. Respondents were surveyed at the beginning and end of 2011, which allows the comparison of ex ante and ex post reported use of the extra income. While workers on average intended to spend 14 percent of their tax cut income, they ex post reported spending 36 percent of the funds. This pattern of higher spending ex post is shared across all demographic groups. Differences across workers in this shift to greater ex post spending are largely unexplained by differences in either present bias or unanticipated shocks, so in the end the upward revision in spending remains a puzzle.
Works In Progress
The Impact of Physician Density: An Event Study Approach
Among the many barriers to accessing healthcare in the US, public discourse often refers to low physician density, especially in rural and low income urban areas. To address this, county and sub-county regions can apply to be designated as a Medically Underserved Area (MUA) and/or a Healthcare Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). These federally recognized designations allow for federal financial support to encourage physicians to practice in such areas. In this project, I use an event study approach to first estimate the causal impact of these federal policies on physician density and then estimate the impact of physician density on health and economic outcomes.
Estimating the Impact of Hospital Integration in the American South
Leveraging a new identification strategy, I estimate the impact of the legally mandated racial integration of American hospitals in 1964 on both agricultural productivity and poverty-related outcomes. I use a difference in differences design to estimate the causal impacts. As a control group, newly digitized documents from the National Archives identify southern counties that had racially integrated hospitals prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act, which mandated that all hospitals provide integrated facilities.
Instructor, Department of Economics, UC Berkeley
- Psychology and Economics Summer 2019
- Psychology and Economics Summer 2018
- Psychology and Economics Summer 2017
Teaching Assistant, Department of Economics, UC Berkeley
- Graduate Instructor Pedagogy Workshop (Professor Martha Olney) Fall 2019
- Intermediate Microeconomics (Lecturer Emily Yang) Spring 2019
- Intermediate Microeconomics (Lecturer Stephen Bianchi) Fall 2018
- Graduate Instructor Pedagogy Workshop (Professor Martha Olney) Spring 2018
- Intermediate Microeconomics (Professor Stefano DellaVigna) Spring 2017
- Psychology and Economics (Lecturer Raymond Hawkins) Fall 2016
- Intermediate Microeconomics (Lecturer Stephen Bianchi) Spring 2016
- Psychology and Economics (Professor Dan Acland) Fall 2015