Hi. I’m an economist who uses machine learning and econometric methods to answer questions in social science. I’m an assistant professor of economics and management science at Chapman University Argyros School of Business in Orange County, CA. Previously I was a visiting lecturer in the political science department at MIT, and in the economics department at Wellesley College.
My research interests include development economics, applied machine learning, artificial intelligence, international economics, economics of digitization, and public policy implications of the aforementioned. I’m particularly interested in technological solutions to challenges in development economics, sort of like a souped up Robert Jensen, which is appropriate because I really want to be the next Indiana Jones of economics.
I received my PhD in economics at Boston University under Marianne Baxter, Samuel Bazzi, and Ray Fisman. I’ve also worked as a consultant to the Poverty Global Practice at the World Bank and still on occasion lead statistical and data science training for World Bank.
I’m always happy to talk with Chapman University students and faculty, particularly those interested in development and/or data science. If you’ve got a thorny data problem in economics I’m probably someone you want to talk to.
- 1.3.18 Just in time for ASSAs, I’ve posted some very subjective but hopefully helpful job market advice for the young PhD economist on the market.
- 12.20.17 A new draft of my “Poverty from Space” paper is available as a World Bank Policy Research Working Paper.
Recent and Upcoming Conference and Presentation Schedule
March 10, 2018: PacDev, Davis, CA
March 1, 2018: Artificial Intelligence for Development, CEGA/World Bank DIME, Berkeley, CA
January 11-12, 2018: 11th Digital Economies Conference, TSE, Toulouse, France
January 4-7, 2018: ASSA, Philadelphia, PA
December 18, 2017: Advances in Prediction for Prevention, Barcelona, Spain
December 8, 2017: NIPS, Machine Learning for the Developing World, Long Beach, CA
November 6, 2017: University of California at Riverside, Riverside, CA
October 30, 2017: Penn State Economics, Trade and Development Seminar, State College, PA
September 26, 2017: University of Southern California Economics, Los Angeles, CA
September 6-7, 2017: CEGA Geo4Dev, Berkeley, CA July 13, 2017: UN Development Program, Human Development Report Office, New York
July 11-12, 2017: World Bank, POV Summer University, Washington DC
May 31, 2017: Princeton University, Empirical Studies of Conflict, Princeton, NJ
May 15-16, 2017: Prediction for Prevention of Armed Conflict, Barcelona, Spain
January 6-8, 2017: ASSA Annual Meeting, Chicago IL
December 9-11, 2016: Computational and Financial Econometrics, Seville, Spain
July 4-8, 2016: SIdE 2016 Big Data Econometrics and Machine Learning, Perugia, Italy
June 20-21, 2016: Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics, World Bank, Washington DC
March 20-22, 2016: CSAE: Economic Development in Africa, Oxford University
February 25-28, 2016: Eastern Economic Association, Washington DC