I am an empirical economist with a teaching focus that emphasizes applied microeconomics. Currently, I am the Douglas W. Ferguson Chair of International Economics at Whittier College, where I regularly teach Econometrics, International Trade and Finance, Intermediate Microeconomic Theory, and our Senior Seminar course. I also serve as the Chair of the Department of Economics.
My research interests include the immigrant-trade link, intersectionality and wage inequality, multidimensional poverty in the U.S., cross-societal cultural differences and international interactions, U.S. immigration policy and its history, public opinion towards globalization, and the potential labor market consequences of trade liberalization. Additionally, I have worked on projects involving the distance puzzle, microfinance, child labor incidence, and the determinants of exporting behavior. My CV includes a complete list of publications.
My primary objective as a researcher is to provide information that contributes to a greater understanding of related topics. My research is grounded on modern economic theories, and I utilize rigorous econometric techniques to provide studies and results that may assist in the formulation of social and economic policies. Because my research is applied, the associated findings also inform economic theory. While these features potentially make my methods and results appealing to the public, policymakers, and other researchers, my research also informs my teaching and, accordingly, my teaching supports my research efforts.