Department of Economics
University of California
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Ph.D., Economics, Stanford University, 2013
B.S., Mathematics, Haverford College, 2002
The Effect of College and University Endowments on Financial Aid, Admissions, and Student Composition
Working Paper, August 2020.
Parental Resources and College Attendance: Evidence from Lottery Wins
with Robert Fairlie, Sarena Goodman, and Adam Isen
American Economic Review 111 (4): 1201-1240. 2021
NBER Working Paper No. 22679
Vox: "What the lottery can tell us about college affordability"
Law Enforcement Leaders and the Racial Composition of Arrests
Economic Inquiry 57 (4): 1842-1858. 2019
Pacific Standard: "Black Sheriffs are Less Likely to Pursue Low-Level Arrests Against People of Color"
Updating Human Capital Decisions: Evidence From SAT Score Shocks and College Applications
with Timothy N. Bond, Xiaoxiao Li, and Jonathan Smith
Journal of Labor Economics 36(3): 807–839. 2018
Education Week: "Sudden SAT Score Gains Don't Change Students' College Choices"
Inside Higher Ed: "Inertia in College Lists"
Weighting Recent Performance to Improve College and Labor Market Outcomes
Journal of Public Economics 146: 97-108. 2017
New York Times: "How Colleges Can Admit Better Students"
Technology and Education: Computers, Software, and the Internet
with Robert Fairlie
Handbook of the Economics of Education 5: 239-280. 2016
NBER Working Paper No. 22237
The Economist: "Technology is transforming what happens when a child goes to school"
The Economist: "In poor countries technology can make big improvements to education"
The Effects of the Tax Deduction for Postsecondary Tuition: Implications for Structuring Tax-Based Aid
with Caroline M. Hoxby
Economics of Education Review 51: 23-60. 2016
NBER Working Paper No. 21554
Brookings: "The tax benefits for education don’t increase education"
The Effect of Access to College Assessments on Enrollment and Attainment.
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 7(4): 1-36. 2015 (lead article)
AEA Highlights: "Can a nearby SAT test center boost college attendance?"
LSE USAPP: "How making entrance exams more accessible can increase college attendance"
The Returns to the Federal Tax Credits for Higher Education
with Caroline M. Hoxby
Tax Policy and the Economy 29 (1): 13-88. 2015
NBER Working Paper No. 20833
New York Times: "$20 Billion in Tax Credits Fails to Increase College Attendance"