I am a Ph.D. and job market candidate in the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago. My research focuses on topics in labor economics and applied microeconomics. In particular, I study how educational and career dynamics are affected by public policy. Much of my work considers how policies affect the acquisition of human capital and the role of cognitive and non-cognitive skills in the labor market. My CV is available here.
My Job Market Paper studies the determinants and consequences of entry into and exit from self-employment over the life cycle. It integrates traditional models of dynamic career choice that feature human capital investment with models of business development that feature costly capital investment. I find that pre-existing skills and career dynamics are important determinants of what types of businesses individuals start, how much capital they employ, and how long they remain in self-employment. Subsidies that incentivize self-employment are generally ineffective, both in terms of promoting long-lasting firms and in terms of the welfare and earnings of those induced to enter self-employment.I am a member of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity "Inequality: Measurement, Interpretation, and Policy" working group (MIP). I am originally from Eagle River, Alaska and enjoy backpacking, cross-country skiing, and blues guitar.