Curriculum Vitae

General Information



Research Interests

Applied Microeconomics, Public Economics, Economics Education

Current Position

Postdoctoral Associate, Cornell University, USA 2017 – Present


Ph.D. Economics, University of Western Ontario, Canada 2011 – 2017

Dissertation: "Essays on Policies Related to Immigration, School Choice, and Crime"

Committee: Chris Robinson and Nirav Mehta

M.A. Economics, Yale University, USA 2009 – 2011

B.A. Honours Economics, University of Waterloo, Canada 2005 – 2009

Specialization: Econometrics

Option: Diploma in East Asian Studies

Honours: Dean’s Honours List; University of Waterloo Alumni Gold Medal Award

Research Contributions


“Crime, Apprehension and Clearance Rates: Panel Data Evidence from Canadian Provinces” (with Philip A. Curry and Anindya Sen), Canadian Journal of Economics, 49(2), pp. 481-514

“Using Invention Activities to Teach Econometrics” (with Douglas McKee) (Forthcoming in the Journal of Economics Teaching)

Working Papers

“The Impact of Language Training on the Transfer of Pre-Immigration Skills and the Wages of Immigrants”

“Understanding Traditional School Choice and Student Achievement: Evidence from the United States”

Work in Progress

[1] "Total Recall? Short- and Long-Term Retention of Statistics and Econometrics Skills" (with Douglas McKee)

[2] "The Gender Gap in Academic Performance: Evidence from Low- and High-Stakes Exams" (with Daria Bottan and Douglas McKee)

[3] "Effectiveness of Active Learning in Teaching Econometrics" (with Douglas McKee)

[4] "Peer Effects with Dose Treatment: Evidence from Random Group Assignments in the Classroom" (with Douglas McKee)

[5] "Developing a Concept Inventory for Econometrics: Applied Econometrics Skills Assessment (AESA)" (with Douglas McKee)

[6] "Developing a Concept Inventory for Statistics: Economic Statistics Skills Assessment (ESSA)" (with Douglas McKee)

Academic Experience (Grouped by Institution)

Cornell University


Banks (ECON 4902) Fall 2018

Applied Econometrics (ECON 3120) Fall 2017, Spring 2018

University of Western Ontario


Econometrics II (ECON 2123) Summer 2014, Summer 2015, Summer 2016

Intermediate Microeconomics I (ECON 2150) Summer 2013

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Mathematics for Economics (ECON 9607) Fall 2012

PhD Refresher Course (Mathematics) (ECON 9600) August 2012, August 2014

PhD Refresher Course (Econometrics) (ECON 9600) August 2015, August 2016

PhD Refresher Course (MATLAB) (ECON 9600) August 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Teaching Assistant

Economic Development I (ECON 2125) Spring 2015

Cost-Benefit Analysis (ECON 2184) Spring 2015

Principles of Mathematical Economics I (ECON 2210) Fall 2014

Intermediate Microeconomics II (ECON 2151) Fall 2014

Econometrics I (ECON 2122) Fall 2013

International Finance (ECON 3353) Spring 2013

International Trade (ECON 3352) Spring 2013

Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 1022) Spring 2012, Spring 2014, Spring 2016

Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 1021) Fall 2011, Fall 2015

Research Assistant

Dr. Chris Robinson January 2017 - May 2017

Dr. Nirav Mehta April 2012 – May 2015, August 2015 – December 2016

Huron College (University of Western Ontario)


Econometrics I (ECON 2122) October 2013

University of Waterloo


Microeconomic Theory I (ECON 201) Spring 2011, Summer 2011

Introduction to Mathematical Economics (ECON 211) Summer 2011

Mathematical Economics (ECON 311) Summer 2011

Teaching Assistant

Statistics for Economists (ECON 221) Summer 2009, Summer 2008, Summer 2007

Introduction to Mathematical Economics (ECON 211) Spring 2007

Research Assistant

Dr. John Burbidge April 2008 – July 2008

University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management

Research Assistant

Dr. Thomas Astebro January 2008 – July 2008

Conference Presentations

[1] "Total Recall? Short- and Long-Term Retention of Statistics and Econometrics Skills", CTREE 2019 Conference, St. Louis, MO, USA, May 30, 2019

[2] "Using Invention Activities to Teach Econometrics", CTREE 2019 Conference, St. Louis, MO, USA, May 30, 2019

[3] “Effectiveness of Active Learning in Teaching Econometrics” (with Douglas McKee) Canadian Economic Association Meetings, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada, June 2, 2018

[4] "Two New Assessments of Student Learning: ESSA and AESA" as a part of the panel "Creating and Using Standard Assessments in Economics: The TUCE and Beyond", CTREE 2018 Conference, San Antonio, TX, USA, May 30, 2018

[5] “Immigrants’ Investment in Language Skills” Canadian Economic Association Meetings, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada, June 3, 2016

[6] “Immigrants’ Investment in Language Skills” University of Waterloo Alumni PhD Conference, Waterloo, ON, Canada, May 14, 2016

[7] “Skill Transferability and Returns to Pre-Immigration Skills of Immigrants in Canada” Migration and Ethnic Relations 2016 Graduate Student Conference, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada, April 7, 2016

[8] “Immigrants’ Investment in Language Skills” Canadian Economic Association Meetings, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada, May 29, 2015

[9] “Efficiency and Information Brokers: What Market Structure Works Best?”(with Matthew Doyle), Canadian Economic Association Meetings, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada May 31, 2009

Honours, Awards, Fellowships

[1] Honourable Mention: (Upper Year) Tutorial Leader of the Year, University of Western Ontario, 2014

[2] SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, 2014 – 2016

[3] Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2012 – 2013, 2013 – 2014, 2014 – 2015

Note: Declined the 2014 - 2015 award; OGS cannot be held simultaneously with the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship

[4] Tutorial Leader of the Year Award, University of Western Ontario, 2012

[5] University of Western Ontario Graduate Fellowship, 2011 – 2016

[6] Cowles Foundation Fellowship, 2009 – 2010

[7] Yale University Fellowship, 2009 – 2010

[8] SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Master’s Scholarship, 2009 – 2010

Note: Declined due to the study in the USA (The scholarship can be used only in Canada)

[9] Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2009 – 2010

Note: Declined due to the study in the USA (The scholarship can be used only in Ontario, Canada)

[10] UW Alumni Gold Medal (Top graduating student in the Faculty of Arts), University of Waterloo, 2009

[11] Departmental Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement (Department of Economics), University of Waterloo, 2009

[12] Dean’s Honours List, University of Waterloo, 2006 – 2009

[13] Robin K. Banks Scholarship, University of Waterloo, 2008

[14] Peter Swann Achievement Award in East Asian Studies, Renison College, University of Waterloo, 2008

[15] Faculty of Arts Upper Year Scholarship, University of Waterloo, 2006, 2007

Professional Activities

Referee service for the Canadian Journal of Economics and Economic Inquiry

Member, American Economic Association, 2017 – Present

Member, Canadian Economic Association, 2009 – 2013, 2015 – Present

Additional Training Completed

[1] Departmental Education Specialist Training (DEST-W: a week-long, intensive Active Learning Workshop led by Dr. Carl Wieman). Stanford University. Attended the workshop from July 31, 2017 to August 5, 2017

[2] “Flipping the Classroom,” Attended the workshop on August 15, 2017 at Cornell Univeristy

[3] “Making Math Matter - The Challenge of Teaching Math-Bases Courses to Non-Math Majors,” Attended the workshop on April 16, 2013

[4] “How do you know that they’ve learned it? Structuring lectures and learning activities to facilitate the assessment of learning outcomes.” Attended the workshop on December 6, 2012

[5] “Graduate Teaching Assistant Day” – a day-long conference consisting of workshops dedicated to teaching and classroom management strategies. Attended the workshops September 7, 2011