I am a PhD student in Economics at the University of Chicago. Before beginning my PhD, I worked at the Center for the Economics of Human Development with Professor James Heckman. I study how education, knowledge, and skills affect quality of life, both directly and through expanding the budget set through increased earnings. But I am also interested in how people’s expectations, beliefs, and preferences shape decisions that affect the accumulation of human capital.
I take inspiration from striking historical and contemporary economic trends: black-white gaps in college attendance, high school graduation, and incarceration rates; the polarization of wealth; human capital and economic growth; and the public finance of educational institutions.