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Employment and Affiliations

Department of Economics, University of Toronto, Assistant Professor,  2011 -

School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto, Assistant Professor (by courtesy), 2017 -

National Bureau of Economic Research, Faculty Research Fellow, 2015 -


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

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

Research Papers

"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.

"Migration Responses to Civil Conflict : Evidence from the Border of the American Civil War" with Laura Salisbury and Allison Shertzer (2016); NBER Working Paper #22591 - revision requested at The Journal of Economic History

"Income and Health in African America: Evidence from Union Army Pensions" with Trevon Logan and Boriana Miloucheva - in progress

"Caloric Requirements and Food Consumption Patterns of the Poor" with Nicholas Li; NBER Working Paper #21697 - under review

"Do Youth Employment Programs Work? Evidence from the New Deal " with Anna Aizer, Keyoung Lee, Adriana Lleras-Muney and Rodrigo Pinto and Barbara Smith - in progress

"Marrying the Right Man: The Effect of Welfare Transfers on Marriage" with Anna Aizer and Adriana Lleras-Muney  - in progress

Book Reviews

"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.

Research Grants

The Canadian Peoples: 1861-1921, Canadian Foundation for Innovation, Project #36143, Co-PI, $1,465,825, 2017-2021 (awaiting further matching funds from provinces)

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

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

Social Science and Humanities Research Council, SIG grant, 2013-2017, $18,010

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

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

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

Honors, Awards and Fellowships

Dean's Excellence Award, U Toronto, 2015

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