I am an economist at the Economic and Social Research Institute in Ireland and research affiliate at University College London and the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).


My research focuses primarily on labour markets and education using both reduced form and structural methods. In particular, I am interested in the interaction between education and risk. My research has looked at whether more education leads to greater or less labour market uncertainty; how risk affects an individual's decision to go to college; and the impact of risk on the returns to college. More recent work has focused on understanding the gender gap in preferences for STEM in college; whether contingent work is a stepping stone to permanent employment; the relative impacts of early versus later life conditions in determining lifetime inequality; factors impacting economic and social inclusion; and the heterogeneous impact of minimum wage changes across regions and sectors.