Associate Professor of Economics
University of California - Santa Barbara
Research Associate at NBER
Research Fellow at IZA
E-mail: last name “at sign”
Office Address: 2020 North Hall 
Mailing Address: 2127 North Hall
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Mail Stop 9210
Fax: (805) 893-8830


"The Structure of Health Incentives: Evidence from a Field Experiment" (With Mariana Carrera, Mark Stehr, and Justin Sydnor), (Also NBER Working Paper #23188), Management Science, forthcoming.

When Incentives Backfire: Spillover Effects in Food Choice” (With Manuela Angelucci, Silvia Prina, and Anya Samek), (Also NBER Working Paper #21481), AEJ: Economic Policy, forthcoming.

"The Limits of Simple Implementation Intentions: Evidence from a Field Experiment on Making Plans to Exercise." (With Mariana Carrera, Mark Stehr, Justin Sydnor, and Dmitry Taubinsky), Journal of Health Economics, 2018, 62: 95-104. (Also NBER Working Paper #24959)

"The Impacts of Reduced Access to Abortion and Family Planning Services on Abortions, Births, and Contraceptive Purchases" (With Stefanie Fischer and Corey White), Journal of Public Economics, 2018, 167: 43-68. (Also NBER Working Paper #23634)

"Can Financial Incentives Help People Trying to Establish New Habits? Experimental Evidence with New Gym Members," (With Mariana Carrera, Mark Stehr, and Justin Sydnor), Journal of Health Economics, 2018, 58: 202-214. (Also NBER Working Paper #23567)

“Letting Down the Team? Evidence of Social Effects of Team Incentives” (With Philip Babcock, Kelly Bedard, Gary Charness, John Hartman), Journal of the European Economic Association, 2015, 13(5): 841-870. (Also NBER Working Paper #16687)

“Incentives, Commitments and Habit Formation in Exercise: Evidence from a Field Experiment with Workers at a Fortune-500 Company” (With Mark Stehr and Justin Sydnor), American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2015, 7(3): 51-84. (Also NBER Working Paper #18580)

“The Importance of Parental Knowledge and Social Norms: Evidence from Weight Report Cards in Mexico” (With Silvia Prina) Journal of Health Economics, 2014, 37: 232-247. (Also NBER Working Paper #19344)

"The Effect of Education on Adult Mortality and Health: Evidence from Britain" (With Damon Clark) American Economic Review, 2013, 103(6): 2087-2120. (Also NBER Working Paper #16013)

Intergenerational Effects on Health - In Utero and Early Life” (With Allison Witman) for the Encyclopedia of Health Economics produced by Elsevier.

"Aftershocks: The Impact of Clinic Violence on Abortion Services” (With Mireille Jacobson) American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2011, 3(1): 189-223. (Also NBER Working Paper #16603).

"The Effect of Female Education on Fertility and Infant Health: Evidence from School Entry Policies Using Exact Date of Birth" (With Justin McCrary) American Economic Review, 2011, 101(1): 158-195. (Also NBER Working Paper #12329).

"Separated at Girth: Estimating the Long-Run and Intergenerational Effects of Birthweight using Twins." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 1(1): 49-85, 2009.

"Cyclical and Demographic Influences on the Distribution of Income in California," (With Mary C. Daly) Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Economic Review, 2000.

"Can the Famous Really Postpone Death?" (With Gary Smith) Social Biology, vol 45(3-4), 1998.


The Impact of Education on Fertility: Quasi-Experimental Evidence from the UK” (With Mike Geruso), 2018.

"Is Parental Leave Costly for Firms and Coworkers ?" (With Anne Brenoe, Serena Canaan, and Nikolaj Harmon), 2018.


"What All Women (and Some Men) Want to Know: Does Maternal Age Affect Infant Health?" University of California, Berkeley, Center for Labor Economics Working Paper # 68.

"The Response to a Loss in Medicaid Eligibility: Pregnant Immigrant Mothers in the Wake of Welfare Reform."


Long Distance Open Water Swimming

Catalina Channel: Women's Relay - World Record (1994) and Solo Crossing (1998)

English Channel Crossing (1999)

Straits of Gibraltar Crossing (2004)

Dolphin Club Member since 1996


Ironman (2010)

Alaska - My Home State

My Hometown Newspaper: Daily News-Miner

Berkeley Economics

Pomona College


Research in Industrial Projects for Students Summer Program (RIPS)