Research Activity

Areas of InterestMy 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.

Working Papers

“Endogenous Driving Behavior in Veil of Darkness Tests for Racial Profiling” with Jesse Kalinowski and Stephen L. Ross [PDF]

“The Effect of Intensive Margin Changes to Task Content on Employment Dynamics over the Business Cycle” (Under Review) [PDF]

“Worker Skills and Job Displacement” with Kenneth A. Couch; (Revisions in Progress) [PDF]

Published Papers

“Routine-Biased Technical Change: Panel Evidence of Task Orientation and Wage Effects”, Forthcoming at Labour Economics [PDF]

“Predicting Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) Beyond Medline” with Vetle Torvik, Adam Kehoe, and Neil Smalheiser; Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Proceedings of SWM 2017 : 1st Workshop on Scholarly Web Mining. 2017.

“Contextualization and Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training: A National Program Review” with Couch, Kenneth and Jessica Vavrek; Journal of Labor Research. 2017.

Book Chapters

“New Facts about the Research Workforce” with Akina Ikudo and Julia Lane, Chapter 6 of Assessing the Economic Value of Research: The Case of Food Safety; Edited by Kaye G. Husbands Fealing, Stanley R. Johnson, John King, and Julia Lane; In Progress

“Assessing the Quantitative Evidence of Employment and Earnings” with Stanley R. Johnson and John King, Chapter 10 of Assessing the Economic Value of Research: The Case of Food Safety; Edited by Kaye G. Husbands Fealing, Stanley R. Johnson, John King, and Julia Lane; In Progress

Research in Progress

Papers in Progress

“The Geography of Discrimination: An Interdepartmental Analysis of Traffic Stops using Surface Visibility” with Jesse Kalinowski and Stephen L. Ross.

“The Relationship between Age, Productivity, and Peer Effects in Biomedical Research” [Working Title] with Bruce Weinberg, Huifeng Yu, and Gerald Marschke.

“The Local Impact of University Innovation Clusters: New Evidence from Microdata on Federally Funded Research” [Working Title] with Akina Ikudo, Julia I. Lane, and Bruce Weinberg.

“Assessing the Efficacy of Local and DOJ Training Programs: Evidence from a Quasi-Random Experiment in Connecticut” with Jesse Kalinowski and Stephen L. Ross.

“Transformative Research, Research Funding, and the Composition of Research Fields” [Working Title] with Bruce Weinberg.

Projects in Progress

Pilot program to  predict traffic stop risk-sets using observational studies with Stephen L. Ross, Jesse J. Kalinowski, and the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy.

Using Ohio traffic stop data to examine "hot-spot" policing (e.g. persistence in the location of traffic stops) and the impact on the demographic composition of stopped motorists with Trevon Logan and Lauren Lopez.

Creation of dashboard to evaluate departments and individual officers using machine-learning approaches with CT Data Collaborative, Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy, and Jesse Kalinowski (see pending grant below).

Multiple ongoing research projects related to the Innovation Measurement Initiative, U.S. Census Bureau