Research + CV
Senior Research Economist
2018 - Senior Research Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
2017-2018 Senior Scholar, Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
2010-2017 Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
2007-2010 Assistant Professor, Clemson University
2007 PhD in Economics, Stanford University
2002 B.S. in Economics, Ohio State University
Published and Forthcoming Papers
"Life-Cycle Human Capital Accumulation Across Countries: Lessons from U.S. Immigrants” (with D. Lagakos, B. Moll, T. Porzio, and N. Qian). Journal of Human Capital, 2018, 12(2), 305-342.
"Human Capital and Development Accounting: New Evidence from Wage Gains at Migration" (with L. Hendricks). Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2018, 133(2), 665-700.
"Wages, Human Capital, and Barriers to Structural Transformation" (with B. Herrendorf). American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 2018, 10(2), 1-23.
"Early Childhood Human Capital and Development", American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 2016, 8(3), 145-174.
"Why is Measured Productivity so Low in Agriculture?" (with B. Herrendorf). Review of Economic Dynamics, 2015, 18(4), 1003-1022.
"Environmental Regulations and the Welfare Effects of Job Layoffs in the United States: A Spatial Approach" (with N. Kuminoff and C. Timmins). Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 2015, 9(2), 198-218.
"Student Abilities During the Expansion of U.S. Education" (with L. Hendricks). Journal of Monetary Economics, 2014, 63(2), 19-36.
"Families as Roommates: Changes in U.S. Household Size from 1850 to 2000" (with A. Salcedo and M. Tertilt). Quantitative Economics, 2012, 3(1), 133-175.
"Education Quality and Development Accounting", Review of Economic Studies, 2012, 79(1), 388-417.
"The Occupations and Human Capital of U.S. Immigrants", Journal of Human Capital, 2010, 4(1), 1-34.
"College Quality and Attendance Patterns: A Long-Run View" (with C. Herrington and L. Hendricks). April 2019. Revise and resubmit, American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics.
"Skilled Labor Productivity and Cross-country Income Differences" (with L. Hendricks). May 2019
Research in Progress
Basic Knowledge and the Growing Link Between Patents and Universities (with V. Smirnyagin).
Education and Public Sector Employment (with A. Rivadeneira)
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (2016, 2013, 2012, 2011)
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (2012)
2019: World Bank
2018: Toronto, Atlanta Fed, Alberta, British Columbia, Connecticut, Warwick, Royal Holloway, Queen Mary, Cornell
2017: Oslo, UAB, IIES, Western Ontario
2016: Philly Fed, Chicago Fed, St. Louis Fed, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame
2015: ITAM, Getulio Vargas Foundation (Rio)
2014: Ottawa, Berkeley, Konstanz, Zurich, Mannheim, Frankfurt, UC - San Diego, Purdue, Indiana, Notre Dame
2013: Western Ontario, Toronto, York, British Columbia
2012: Minneapolis Fed, Ohio State, UC - Davis
2011: St. Louis Fed
2010: Arizona State, Cleveland State, South Carolina, Florida International
2008: North Carolina, Cleveland Fed
2007: Illinois, Oxford (Nuffield), Missouri, Western Ontario, Clemson
2019: SED, Cowles Conference on Macroeconomics, Vienna Macro Cafe (planned)
2018: SED, Macroeconomics and Business CYCLE, Canadian Macro Study Group
2017: Conference on Human Capital and Financial Frictions (Georgetown); Thinking Big Conference on Macroeconomics; SED; Edinburgh Workshop on Agricultural Productivity, Rural-Urban Migration, and Structural Transformation; Philadelphia Search and Matching
2016: NBER EFJK Meeting; CIREQ Human Capital and Inequality Conference; SED
2015: Midwest Macro Meetings; SED; Conference in honor of the Life and Work of Gary Becker; NBER Time & Space; HKUST Conference on Urbanization, Structural Change, and Employment
2014: SED; RIDGE Workshop on Productivity Growth, Resource Misallocation and Development
2013: NBER EFJK Meeting; SED; Tsinghua Workshop in Macroeconomics, Growth and Development Conference (St. Louis); Vienna Macroeconomics Workshop; ASU Conference on the Development of Human Capital
2012: SED, Midwest Macro; Growth and Development Conference (Toronto); NBER EFJK Winter Meeting
2011: Midwest Macro; SED
2010: SED; NBER/BREAD Conference on Economic Development; LACEA TIGN Conference; Southern Growth Conference
2009: Econometric Society Winter Meeting; NBER Time & Space; Midwest Macro; Econometric Society Summer Meeting; SED
2008: Midwest Macro
2007: Midwest Macro; SED; Growth and Development Conference (Pittsburgh)
PhD: Growth and Development Topics Course
Undergraduate: Principles of Macro, Intermediate Macro, Growth and Development, International Economics, Trade
Alberto Rivera-Padilla (2019, CSU-Fullerton)
Alex Rivadeneira (2019, Banco de Mexico)
Minjuan Sun (2018, Future-Moves Group)
Rishabh Sinha (2015, co-advisor, World Bank Research Division)
David Bradley (2019, Analysis Group)
Ryan Wessel (2017, LDS Institute of Religion)
Adam Blandin (2016, Virginia Commonwealth University)
Xican Xi (2016, Fudan University)
Andy Ge (2015, Chinese Security Regulatory Committee)
Jaehan Cho (2014, Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade)
Chris Herrington (2013, University of South Alabama)
Kevin Donovan (2013, Notre Dame)
Paul Schreck (2011, analyst position at Minneapolis Fed)
"Skilled Immigration, Firms, and Policy" by Mehra (NBER IFM Meeting, Winter 2019)
"Structural Change in Investment and Consumption: A Unified Approach" by Herrendorf, Rogerson, and Valentinyi (NBER Economic Growth Small Group, Winter 2018)
"The Rise of Meritocracy and the Inheritance of Advantage" by Comerford, Rodriguez Mora, and Watts (Vienna Macro Cafe, 2016)
"Explaining Cross-Cohort Differences in Life-Cycle Earnings", by Kong, Ravikumar, and Vandenbroucke (Vienna Macro Cafe, 2015)
“The Agricultural Productivity Gap in Developing Countries” by Gollin, Lagakos, and Waugh (AEA, 2013)
“Human Capital Portfolios” by Silos and Smith (CMSG, 2012)
“Equilibrium Effects of Education Policies: A Quantitative Evaluation” by Gallipoli, Meghir, and Violante (CIREQ, 2011)
Other Professional Activities
Program Committee, SED, 2012–2015
Co-organizer, Young Scholars Conference on Growth and Development at ASU, 2016
Co-organizer, Conference on Public Policy from School to Retirement at ASU, 2013
Co-organizer, Quantitative Macroeconomics Conference at ASU, 2012
Co-organizer, ASU Macroeconomics Reunion Conference, 2012
Co-organizer, Conference on Human Capital at ASU, 2011