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


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,...



Ethnic Fragmentation and Police Spending (with John Smith), Applied Economics Letters (2011)


Econometric Issues and Education Finance, Review of Regional Studies (2006)

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)

Tax Policy


The Impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit on Poverty, The Review of Black Political Economy (2008)

Sports Economics


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...


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Antipoverty Policy: The Role of Individualist and Structural Perspectives (with Mary Lopez and Leslie Wallace), Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Poverty (2012)