Curriculum Vitae [PDF]
Email: Ross.1469@OSU.edu

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I am currently a Post-Doc working with Professors Bruce Weinberg of Ohio State University and Julia Lane of New York University. My research interests span the areas of urban economics, the economics of innovation, public economics, and labor market dynamics. Broadly speaking, I am interested in examining domestic policy issues using statistically rigorous analytical methods from applied microeconomics as well as tools from machine learning like text analysis and predictive modeling.

My research agenda is currently focused on four interrelated topics: 1) Examining how automation and technology have affected the world of working people, 2) developing new empirical methods for evaluating the provision of local goods and services, with a particular emphasis on policing and racial bias, 3) investigating the efficacy and impact of federally funded scientific research on local economies and labor markets, 4) understanding how scientific productivity varies across research fields and evolves over the lifecycle.

Throughout graduate school and continuing after, I have had the opportunity to analyze Connecticut policing data for evidence of discrimination. In my role as a statistical adviser for the Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project, myself and the project's staff were awarded Connecticut's Alvin W. Penn Award for Leadership in Civil Rights. Given the public discourse on this important and sensitive topic as well as my own life experiences, I am extremely passionate about continuing to develop more rigorous empirical methods for properly evaluating data on police-citizen interactions. I am currently working to complete several scholarly papers that have come from my participation in this project and hope to continue working in this important area of research and public policy.

Details about my scholarly research and policy analysis can be found on the respective pages.