I am an Economist at University of Southern California's Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR). I received my PhD in Economics from Columbia University. I was a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and a RCMAR Scholar for the Minority Aging Health Economics Research Center at USC.

My research interests have to do with inequality, health, gender, labor economics, and household finance.

I teach Health Economics at the USC Economics Department.

Publications (peer-reviewed)

Gender and Dynamic Agency: Theory and Evidence on the Compensation of Top Executives (with Stefania Albanesi and Claudia Olivetti)
Research in Labor Economics, 42:1-60, 2015
[VoxEU column] - Press: Bloomberg Business, Washington Post, Slate.


Working papers

Quantifying the Life-cycle Benefits of a Prototypical Early Childhood Program (with Jorge L. Garcia, James J. Heckman and Duncan Leaf)
Resubmitted, Journal of Political Economy
Previous version here. VoxEU column here.
Press: The New York Times, The Washington Post 1 and 2, NPR, The Atlantic, Dallas News, The Seattle Times, Christian Science Monitor, The Florida Times-Union

The Decline in Labor Force Participation in the United States (with Francisco Pérez-Arce)

Social Security Around the World: The Experiences of China, Mexico and India (with Francisco Péerez-Arce, Erik Meijer and Jinkook Lee) [embargoed]

Health and Earnings Inequality over the Life Cycle: The Redistributive Potential of Health Policies

Slowing Women's Labor Force Participation: The Role of Rising Income Inequality (with Stefania Albanesi)
Press: Reuters, Bloomberg and The National Law Journal


Work in progress

"Education as a Health Disparities Intervention" (with Julie Zissimopoulos and Dana Goldman)

"Subjective Expectations and Optimal Retirement Savings" (with Arie Kapteyn)

"Gender Gap in Earnings Dynamics"