I am a PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Oregon. I am an applied econometrician working in the areas of labor, health, and public. 


As a part of my research agenda, I am examining how a foster child's right to legal counsel impacts permanency outcomes. Despite the ubiquity of child attorneys in neglect and abuse hearings, little empirical evidence explores the effectiveness of child attorneys leaving policymakers unclear of the value of attorney representation. I exploit state variation in the timing of child attorney mandates to explore the effect of legal counsel on Foster Care discharge, and system re-entry.  Furthermore, I explore impacts across age, race, and gender; these considerations further inform policy in this area.

My broader research interests generally align with policy relevant questions that relate to areas of labor, health, and public. For example, among my current projects I explore how the implementation of a differential response system can diminish the over-representation of minority and low-SES children in out of home care.  In another, I consider how economic conditions and income inequality impact the prevalence of racially motivated hate crimes. Additionally, I have projects related to the effects of disclosure laws on child service caseworker practices, racial disparities in child welfare services, and adolescent bullying on suicide and drug use using variation induced by heterogeneity in the components and timing of state bullying laws.


References: Glen Waddell (chair), Caroline Weber, Benjamin Hansen