I am a public finance economist who studies the spatial aspects of state and local government spending, with a specific focus on school district expenditures. I have also published work on the incentive effects of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit and the effect of the Earned Income Tax Credit on African-Americans. My current research applied spatial methodology to the study of peer effects and adolescent behavior including risky sexual behavior and obesity-related behavior.
Peer Effects and Spatial Econometrics
Identifying Peer Effects using Spatial Analysis: The Role of Peers on Risky Sexual Behavior, Review of Economics of the Household (2014)
Uncovering Peer Effects Mechanisms with Weight Outcomes using Spatial Econometrics (with Aliaksandr Amialchuk, Wei Xiong, and Xinyue Ye), The Social Science Journal (2014)
Research about how peers influence weight outcomes among adolescents has yielded mixed findings. This paper...
Spatial Econometrics and Local Public Spending
Estimating the Spillover Effects of School District Demographics on Per-Pupil Spending, Journal of Education Finance (2013)
The level of education spending may not only be determined by a school district’s characteristics,...
The Impact of Ethnic Fragmentation on Education Spending: An Analysis of United States School Districts, Review of Urban and Regional Development Studies (2011)
Elderly Ethnic Fragmentation and Support for Local Public Education, Public Finance Review (2009)
African-Americans and Public Policy
The Militarization of Local Law Enforcement: Is Race a Factor?, Applied Economics Letters (2015)
Recent events have placed a spotlight on the increasing militarization of local law enforcement. While...
Can Marriage Reduce Risky Behavior for African-Americans (with Mir Ali), Journal of Family and Economic Issues (2011)
Occupational Mobility, Race, and Gender: Is There Still an Occupational Segregation Story? (with Kristen Keith), Pennsylvania Economic Review (2011)
Risky Sexual Behavior and African-American Youth: What is the Role of Family Structure? (with Mir Ali), Journal of Health Behavior and Public Health (2011)
Did the Work Opportunity Tax Credit cause Subsidized Worker Substitution?, Economic Development Quarterly (2012)
The Impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit on Poverty, The Review of Black Political Economy (2008)
Do White NBA Players Suffer from Reverse Discrimination?, Economics Bulletin (2014)
The National Basketball Association (NBA) has been fertile ground for the study of discrimination due...