Assistant Professor of Economics

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Curriculum Vitae
Faculty Profile

Mailing Address:
University of California Berkeley
Department of Economics
530 Evans Hall #3880
Berkeley, CA 94720

Office Location:
697A Evans Hall


Research Interests

  • Globalization and development, household cost of living, real income inequality


Selected Work in Progress

  • Tourism and Economic Development: Evidence from Mexico's Coastline, with Cecile Gaubert (UC Berkeley) [Presentation Mode]
  • Research question: What are the long-run economic consequences of tourism in developing countries?

  • Firm Heterogeneity in Consumption Baskets: Evidence from Home and Store Scanner Data, with Thibault Fally (UC Berkeley) [Presentation Mode]
  • Research question: A growing literature has emphasized the role of firm heterogeneity for nominal wage inequality. This paper explores the implications for household price indices.

  • The Impact of E-Commerce on Household Welfare: Evidence from Taobao's 100 Thousand Villages Project in China, with Victor Couture (UC Berkeley), Yizhen Gu (Renmin University) and Lizhi Liu (Stanford University)
  • Research question: What are the implications of e-commerce integration for household welfare in China?


  • International Trade, PhD level, (Fall 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Macro Development, PhD level, (Spring 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Economic Development, Undergraduate level, (Spring 2016)

Seminar and Conference Organization