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Current Employment and Affiliations

Associate Professor (tenured), Department of Economics, University of Toronto  

Associate Professor,  Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto  

Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research      


Ph.D. Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 2011

B.A. Economic, B.A. Mathematics, New York University, 2005

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"Do Youth Employment Programs Work? Evidence from the New Deal" with Anna Aizer, Guido Imbens, Keyoung Lee, Adriana Lleras-Muney; NBER Working Paper #27103. Reject and Resubmit at The Quarterly Journal of Economics.

"Measurement of Socioeconomic Status in the Canadian Census, 1871- 1901" with Nicholas Li and Janki Shah, requested at Historical Methods 

"The Incentive Effects of Cash Transfers to the Poor" with Anna Aizer and Adriana Lleras-Muney, revise and resubmit at AEJ: Applied Economics.

 "The Enduring Effects of Racial Discrimination on Income and Health:  Evidence from American Civil War Veterans" with Trevon Logan and Boriana Miloucheva - requested at The Journal of Economic Literature      

 "Transportation Revolution: The Car in the 1920s" with Joshua Hausman and Paul Rhode, The American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, May 2022.

"Caloric Requirements and Food Consumption Patterns of the Poor" with Nicholas Li, The World Bank Economic Review, July 2020.

"Ideology and Migration After the American Civil War" with Laura Salisbury and Allison Shertzer, The Journal of Economic History, September 2018.

"Patronage Politics and the Development of the Welfare State: Evidence from Confederate Pensions in the U.S. South," The Journal of Economic History, December 2016.

"The Long Run Impact of Cash Transfers to Poor Families" with Anna Aizer, Joseph Ferrie and Adriana Lleras-Muney, The American Economic Review, April 2016.

"Income Effects on Health: Evidence from Union Army Pension," The Journal of Economic History, June 2015.

"Review of Unprotected Labor: Household Workers, Politics, and Middle Class Reform in New York 1870-1940." The Journal of Economic History. September 2013: 888-890.

Select Research Grants

The Intergenerational Persistence of Welfare Receipt, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Insight Grant, Principal Investigator, $294,369, 2019-2024

The Canadian Peoples: 1861-1921, Canadian Foundation for Innovation, Project #36143, Co-PI, 2017-2021, $7,525,300

Do Youth Employment Programs Work?  Evidence from the New Deal, Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Insight Development Grant, Principal Investigator, 2017-2019, $48,676

The Long-Term Impact of Income Transfers During Childhood, National Institutes of Health Grant #1 R01 HD077227-01A1 (Co-PI),  2014-2018, $970,498

Social Science and Humanities Research Council, SIG grant, Principal Investigator, 2013-2019, $20,618.82

Do Youth Employment Programs Work? Evidence from the New Deal, NBER Retirement Research Center - Social Security Administration Grant, (Co-PI) 2016-2017, undisclosed amount

Faculty of Arts and Science Bridge Funding, U Toronto, Principal Investigator, 2014-2016, $10,000

Connaught New Researcher Award, U Toronto, Principal Investigator, 2012-2014, $10,000

Honors, Awards and Fellowships

Dean's Excellence Award, U Toronto, 2015 and 2018

The 2013 Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Economics, U Toronto