I am an Associate Professor in the Vancouver School of Economics. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 2010. Since 2012 I am a member of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group within the Becker-Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago.
My research interests are in the determinants of life-cycle earnings and career dynamics, dynamic discrete choice models of human capital formation, estimation of equilibrium search models, and the importance of student-instructor interactions for academic achievement on the post-secondary education level.
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A Community Instructor Like Me: Race and Ethnicity Interactions in the Classroom. (joint with Rob Fairlie and Philip Oreopoulos), forthcoming, American Economic Review.
Professor Qualities and Student Achievement. (with P. Oreopoulos), The Review of Economics and Statistics, vol. 91 (1), pp. 83-92, 2009.
A Professor Like Me: The Influence of Instructor Gender on College Achievement. (with P. Oreopoulos), Journal of Human Resources, vol. 44 (2), pp. 479 - 494, 2009.
HIP, RIP and the Robustness of Empirical Earnings Processes. (submitted; version April 2013)
An Empirical Model of Life-Cycle Earnings and Mobility Dynamics. (New version coming soon.)
WORK IN PROGRESS
Structural Changes, Labor Mobility and Wage Dispersion. (joint with Shouyong Shi).
Estimation of Models of Directed Search. (joint with Shouyong Shi).
Network Effects and the Educational Attainment of Young Immigrants.
Position: BIE Director