I am an assistant professor in the Economics Department at Purdue University. At Purdue, I teach courses in econometrics, public finance, and labor economics. My masters-level econometrics course covers standard regression methods, basic time series methods, panel data methods, and instrumental variables estimation. My PhD-level labor economics course covers labor demand, labor supply, and taxation. It focuses on common applied microeconometric tools including matching methods, difference-in-differences, regression discontinuity, instrumental variables, quantile regression, and panel methods.
My research has focused on taxation, fertility and families, labor supply, poverty, and the role of human capital in measuring national wealth (economic sustainability). I've received research grants from the Purdue Research Foundation, the Institute for Research on Poverty, the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics, 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 Economics Club and the Purdue chapter of the economics honor society Omicron Delta Epsilon. I've served on the department faculty search committee, the department head selection advisory committee, and on the department undergraduate program advisory committee.
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.