I am a Lecturer Above the Bar (Assistant Professor) in Economics at the University of Galway. My research interests lie in applied microeconomics, particularly in labour and development economics.
Prior to joining the University of Galway, I completed my PhD at the Economics Department at Lund University, where I am also affiliated with the Centre for Economic Demography. After my PhD studies, I was a visiting researcher at the FAIR Centre, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). Previously, I was a Research Assistant at the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) in Dublin.
My research interests lie in applied microeconomics, primarily in labour and development economics, with a particular focus on the drivers of and returns to human capital formation.
You can find a copy of my CV here.
The Long-Term Consequences of More Informative Grading
with Jonas Lundstedt
R&R at Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
We study the effect of more informative grading on student performance. Using data on the population of Swedish school children, we exploit a reform which introduced a more granular grading scale and thus provided students with more informative feedback on their performance. Using a difference-in-discontinuity research design, we find that students exposed to more informative grading were less likely to graduate from high school, from an academic high school track and from STEM high school tracks, in addition to reduced STEM enrolment at university. These results appear to be driven by a negative shock to students' self-belief and increased stress.
The intergenerational persistence of intimate partner violence
[new draft coming soon]
Work in Progress:
The Effect of University Grade Inflation on Graduate Outcomes, with Judith Delaney and Therese Nilsson
Endowments at Birth and Parental Investments in Children: The Role of Cultural Institutions, with Devon Spika
I am also participating in the Many-Economists Project
Office: Room 212, Cairnes Building, University of Galway