Welcome! I am a Ph.D. economist from the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at Ohio State University.
I am interested in empirical, policy-relevant questions that lead to promoting human welfare — health, educational achievement, and housing expenditure — in the US and abroad. For example, some of my research focuses on the impact of soil mineral deficiencies on human nutritional status in developing countries (Nepal and Malawi), and the role of markets in mitigating this linkage. I also have work examining state policies designed to improve child health or child human capital development in the US.
My job market paper focuses on how rural connectivity to major markets drives nutritional transition toward an unhealthy diet among children in Nepal. Utilizing plausibly exogenous travel time changes driven by non-local road improvement, the paper provides evidence that rural connectivity increases child junk food consumption.
I am currently on the 2020-2021 economics job market and am available for virtual interviews.