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

“The Effect of Intensive Margin Changes to Task Content on Employment Dynamics over the Business Cycle” (Revisions Requested at ILRR) [PDF]

“Endogenous Driving Behavior in Veil of Darkness Tests for Racial Profiling” with Jesse Kalinowski and Stephen L. Ross [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”, Labour Economics. 2017.

“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

“The food safety research workforce and economic outcomes” with Akina Ikudo and Julia Lane, Ch. 6 of Measuring the Economic Value of Research : The Case of Food Safety; Edited by K. G. Husbands Fealing, S. R. Johnson, J. King, and J. I. Lane. Forthcoming at Cambridge University Press.

“Assessing the effects of food safety research on early career outcomes” with Stanley R. Johnson and John King, Chapter 8 of Measuring the Economic Value of Research : The Case of Food Safety; Edited by K. G. Husbands Fealing, S. R. Johnson, J. King, and J. I. Lane. Forthcoming at Cambridge University Press.

Research in Progress

Papers in Progress (Drafts Available Upon Request)

“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. (In progress)

"Age and the Quantity and Quality of Science: Evidence from Big Data on Biomedical Scientists” [Working Title] with Huifeng Yu, Gerald Marschke, Joseph Staudt, Bruce A. Weinberg. (Working draft available on request)

“The Effects of Own and Field Career Age on Research Productivity in Biomedical Science” [Working Title] with Bruce Weinberg, Huifeng Yu, Gerald Marschke, and Joseph Staudt, (Working draft available on request)

“Now You See Me, Now You Don’t: Visibility and Seasonality in Tests of Police Discrimination” [Working Title] with Jesse Kalinowski and Stephen L. Ross. (Working draft available on request)

“Enforcement Activity, Visibility and Tests of Discrimination in Traffic Stops” [Previously: “The Geography of Discrimination: An Interdepartmental Analysis of Traffic Stops using Surface Visibility”] with Jesse Kalinowski and Stephen L. Ross. (Working draft available on request)

Projects in Progress (Preliminary Stages)

Assessing the efficacy of local and DOJ police training programs using a quasi-random experiment in Connecticut with Jesse Kalinowski and Stephen L. Ross.

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

Project to examine the rise of performance pay contracts and the decline of job mobility, employment dynamics over the business cycle, and earnings losses of displaced workers with Christos Makridis and Kevin Rinz.

Analysis of how the age and gender of program officers affects the composition of PI’s and labs on federally funded research projects with Julia I. Lane