I am an associate professor with tenure in the Economics Department at Purdue University. I teach courses in econometrics, public finance, and labor economics at the undergraduate, master's, and Ph.D. levels. My courses emphasize applied microeconometric tools including matching, regression discontinuity, instrumental variables, and panel methods. I received the Favorite Professor Award was nominated for the 2014 Purdue Exceptional Early Career Teaching Award.
My research has focused on taxation, fertility, labor supply, poverty, and the role of human capital in measuring national wealth. I have published research articles in many journals including the American Economic Review, the Review of Economics and Statistics, and the Journal of Econometrics. I have received research grants from the Institute for Research on Poverty, the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics, the Purdue Research Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. In 2010, I was awarded the John and Mary Willis Young Faculty Scholar Award.
I am the faculty advisor for the Purdue chapter of the economics honor society Omicron Delta Epsilon. I serve on the Economics Department Executive Committee, The Department Faculty Search Committee, and am the Director of the Economics Undergraduate Program
I completed a Ph.D. in economics at Stanford University (advisors: Michael J. Boskin, John B. Shoven, and Kenneth J. Arrow). While at Stanford, I was named the 2007 Kapnick Fellow for my dissertation research. I received three awards for outstanding teaching from my department and was a research assistant to Ken Arrow, Tom MaCurdy, and Larry Goulder. I was active in university organizations, particularly in serving as the chair of the graduate housing advisory committee, a group of on-campus housing administrators and graduate students that set housing policies.
My undergraduate degree in economics is from Brigham Young University where I graduated Magna Cum Laude with University Honors and minors in Mathematics and Statistics. The Economics Department selected me as the department valedictorian. After my first year at BYU, I took a two-year leave of absense to volunteer as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served in France from 1997 - 1999.
My wife, Dacia, and I were married in December of 2000. We live in West Lafayette, Indiana and have four young children, Bryson, Kaitlyn, Alyssa, and Hailey.