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CURRENT POSITIONS

2011-present: Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, School of Public Policy, Oregon State University 
2012-present: Research Affiliate (non-resident), IZA (Institute for the Study of Labor; Bonn, Germany)           

EDUCATION 

Ph.D., Economics, University of Michigan (2011) 
M.A., Economics, University of Michigan (2007) 
B.A. (Highest Distinction & Highest Honors), University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2001) 

FIELDS: Development, Labor, Economics of Education

PUBLICATIONS 

“Prospective Analysis of a Wage Subsidy for Cape Town Youth” (with James Levinsohn), Journal of Development Economics, May 2014 (NBER Working Paper version; final version

Safety Valve or Sinkhole: Vocational Schooling in South Africa,” IZA Journal of Labor and Development, 2014.

“Incentives for Teacher Relocation: Evidence from the Gambian Hardship Allowance” (with Elizabeth Schroeder), Economics of Education Review, August 2014 (IZA Discussion Paper version

Editor (with Indermit S. Gill), At the Frontlines of Development: Reflections from the World Bank. Washington DC: World Bank, 2005). 

“Policies, Politics and Principles: 300 Years of World Bank Experience” (with Indermit S. Gill), chapter in At the Frontlines of Development: Reflections from the World Bank. Eds. Gill & Pugatch (World Bank: 2005). 

“Rethinking Social Security in Latin America” (with Indermit S. Gill, Truman Packard and Juan Yermo), International Social Security Review 58 (2-3), 2005: 71-96 

WORKING PAPERS

“Bumpy Rides: School to Work Transitions in South Africa” (IZA Discussion Paper No. 6305; under review)

"U.S. Border Enforcement and Mexican Immigrant Location Choice (with Sarah Bohn; IZA Discussion Paper No. 7842; under review)

WORK IN PROGRESS 
“The Impact of Mexican Immigration on U.S. Natives: Evidence from Migrant Flows Driven by Rainfall Shocks” (with Dean Yang)

“The Economic and Health Effects of Hurricanes in Mexico” (with Dean Yang) 

“Teacher Quality and Student Learning: Evidence from the Gambian Hardship Allowance” (with Elizabeth Schroeder)

“The Effect of Free Schooling for Girls on Student Learning: Evidence from the Gambia (with Moussa Blimpo and Ousman Gajigo)

TEACHING
Oregon State University
Public Policy 621: Advanced Quantitative Methods
Economics 480/507: Labor Economics
Economics 539: Public Policy Analysis
Economics 424/524: Econometrics

University of Michigan (as Graduate Student Instructor) 
Economics 101: Introduction to Microeconomics
Economics 401: Intermediate Microeconomics (head Graduate Student Instructor) 

CONSULTING 
“Evaluation of Teacher Hardship Allowance Program in The Gambia.” Conducted for World Bank and Gambian Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (co-authored with Elizabeth Schroeder). December 2012-February 2013.

ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS (including forthcoming talks) 
2014
University of New Mexico
Pacific Conference on Development Economics (PacDev; UCLA)
Center for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) Annual Conference (University of Oxford) 
Northwest Development Workshop (Portland, OR)
IZA/World Bank Conference on Employment and Development (Lima, Peru)

2013
Portland State University
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Annual Conference (Washington DC)
Inequalities in Children’s Outcomes in Developing Countries Conference (University of Oxford)

2012
Pacific Conference on Development Economics (PacDev; UC-Davis)
University of Michigan
Northeast Universities Development Consortium (NEUDC) Conference (Hanover, NH)

2011
Northeast Universities Development Consortium (NEUDC) Conference (New Haven, CT)
IZA Workshop on Child Labor in Developing Countries (Mexico City)
Population Association of America Annual Meeting (Washington, DC)
Midwest Economics Association Annual Meetings (St. Louis)
Oregon State University
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
International Food Policy Research Institute
World Bank
DIW DC
IMPAQ International
Vanderbilt University
Stanford University School of Education

2010
Hispanic Economic Issues Conference, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Annual Conference (Boston)
IZA/IFAU Conference on Labor Market Policy Evaluation (Uppsala, Sweden)
EconCon (Princeton Economics Department student conference)
Western Economic Association International Graduate Dissertation Workshop and Annual Meeting (Portland, OR)
IZA/World Bank Conference on Employment and Development (Cape Town, South Africa) University of Cape Town
Population Association of America Annual Meeting (Dallas, TX)

2009
Northeast Universities Development Consortium (NEUDC) Conference (Medford, MA)
ZEW (Center for European Economic Research) Summer Workshop on “New Advances in Empirical Labour Economics” (Mannheim, Germany)
   
2008
University of Cape Town
Midwest Economics Association Annual Meeting (Chicago)

HONORS AND AWARDS 
Research Office Faculty Release Time Grant (Oregon State University), 2012 
College of Liberal Arts Faculty Research Grant (Oregon State University), 2012
Rackham Graduate School Predoctoral Fellowship (University of Michigan), 2010 
Moore Dissertation Research Prize (University of Michigan), 2010 
Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor nominee (University of Michigan), 2010 
Teaching evaluations in top quintile of Department of Economics Graduate Student Instructors (University of Michigan; Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Winter 2008) 
Morehead Scholar (UNC-Chapel Hill; selected from 900 nominees for 4-year merit scholarship) 
Bachelor of Arts awarded with Highest Distinction and Highest Honors (UNC-Chapel Hill) 
Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar 
Phi Beta Kappa (UNC-Chapel Hill) 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE 
Referee, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, World Development, Economic Development and Cultural Change, World Bank Economic Review, Journal of Population Economics, Contemporary Economic Policy, B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, Economics and Human Biology, Development Southern Africa, Social Science Journal, Explorations in Economic History, Routledge, Lynne Rienner Publishers
Reviewer, William Davidson Institute Working Paper Series, University of Michigan 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Research Assistant, Professor David Lam, University of Michigan Department of Economics and Population Studies Center (2009-2010); Professors James Levinsohn and Dean Yang, University of Michigan Department of Economics and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy (2006-2008) 
Research Associate, United Nations Foundation, Washington DC (2005) 
Junior Professional Associate, World Bank, Washington DC (2003-2005) 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
American Economic Association, Midwest Economic Association, Western Economic Association International, Population Association of America, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

CITIZENSHIP: United States 

LANGUAGES: English, Spanish
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