About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Tennessee.

My research primarily focuses on how childhood circumstances affect long-run outcomes. My recent work investigates the effect of early-life pollution exposure from California wildfires occurring in the mid-20th century in order to better understand how childhood health affects longevity, economic achievement, and disability in mid-to-late adulthood. In other work (with Sam Arenberg and Sam Stripling), we investigate how additional Medicaid coverage in late childhood and early adolescence reduces the likelihood of incarceration as adults.

In addition to my early-life determinants research, I am also interested in the delivery of health care in the United States. You can view my research page for current and upcoming projects.

Research Interests

Health Economics, Public Economics, Demographic Economics