I am an Associate Professor in the Economics Department at Purdue University. I teach courses in applied econometrics at the undergraduate, master's, and Ph.D. levels. My courses emphasize microeconometric tools including matching, regression discontinuity, instrumental variables, and panel methods. I was voted the Favorite Economics Professor in 2011 and was nominated for the 2014 Purdue Exceptional Early Career Teaching Award.
My research has focused on the evaluation of public policy in the areas of education, taxation, labor market regulation, personal finance, poverty, and fertility. I have a secondary research focus on the role of human capital and health in measuring national wealth. I have published research articles in several of the top economics 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 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Searle Freedom Trust, and the Kinley Trust. In 2010, I was awarded the John and Mary Willis Young Faculty Scholar Award.
I am the Kozuch Director of the Purdue University Research Center in Economics (PURCE). I currently serve on the Economics Department Executive Committee and the Faculty Search Committee. I was previously the Director of Undergraduate Programs in Economics (2015-2018), Faculty Advisor for the Economics Honors Society Omicron Delta Epsilon (2007-2018), and Faculty Advisor for the Purdue Econ Club (2007-2014).
I completed my Ph.D. in economics at Stanford University under the supervision of Michael J. Boskin, John B. Shoven, and Kenneth J. Arrow. 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. After my first year at BYU, I took a two-year leave of absence to volunteer as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in France (1997-1999). I am currently serving as Bishop of the Wabash Ward in the Lafayette Indiana Stake.
My wife, Dacia, and I married in 2000. She worked for years as a teacher and is currently a master's student and writes about improving our community schools. We live in West Lafayette, Indiana and have four children, Bryson, Kaitlyn, Alyssa, and Hailey.