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 economic development, household cost of living, real income inequality


Policy Reports

Working Papers

Selected Work in Progress

  • Measuring the Gains from Trade Using Consumer Survey Data, with David Atkin (MIT) and Marco Gonzalez-Navarro (U Toronto)

  • Research question: Measuring household welfare requires a rich combination of data that are seldomly available. We propose and implement an approach using widely available consumption microdata that is grounded in consumer theory.

  • The Gains from Online Integration: Evidence from County-Level Panel Data in China, with Victor Couture (UC Berkeley) and Yizhen Gu (Jinan University)

  • Research question: What are the local and aggregate economic effects of the spread of the internet in China?

  • Cleaning Up the Supply Chain: Evidence from Multinational Sourcing in the Congo, with Benjamin Krause (UC Berkeley) and Raul Sanchez de la Sierra (UC Berkeley) (Baseline data collection complete)

  • Research question: How do 'responsible sourcing' policies affect local communities in developing countries?

Courses Taught

  • Development Economics, graduate, MIT, Fall 2017

  • International Trade, graduate, UC Berkeley, Fall 2013-2016

  • Macro Development, graduate, UC Berkeley, Spring 2014-2017

  • Economic Development, undergraduate, UC Berkeley, Spring 2016-2017

Seminar and Conference Organization