I am an assistant professor in the Economics Department at Purdue University. At Purdue, I have taught undergraduate courses in econometrics, public finance, and the senior honors thesis course. I enjoy teaching undergraduate students. I also teach a course in the PhD labor economics sequence. My course focuses on common applied microeconometric tools including panel data methods, matching methods, difference-in-differences and regression discontinuity.
My research has focused on taxation, fertility and families, labor supply, poverty, and sustainability. I've received research grants from the Institute for Research on Poverty, the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 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 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). I also completed an M.A. in economics at Stanford University and a B.A. in economics at Brigham Young University.
While at Stanford, I was named the 2007 Kapnick Fellow for my dissertation research. I also received research funding from the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics. I received three awards for outstanding teaching from my department and was a research assistant to Kenneth 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.
I graduated from Brigham Young University Magna Cum Laude with University Honors and minors in Mathematics and Statistics. The Economics Department selected me as the department Valedictorian. After my freshman year, I volunteered for a two-year mission 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.