I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at Lehigh University, and I currently hold the Frank Hook Endowed Professorship. I received my PhD in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis in May 2013, and joined Lehigh University in Fall 2013. My primary research fields are macroeconomics and time series analysis, and my secondary research field is econometrics. In particular, I am interested in developing econometric models that can answer empirical questions about how nonlinearities in the business cycle affect labor markets, and how nonlinearities in the business cycle affect the transmission of policy shocks and demand shocks to output, prices, and wages. My research explores issues such as:

  • What are the causes and consequences of the jobless recoveries that followed the last three recessions?
  • How do recessions affect wage dynamics and price dynamics?
  • What are the effects of implementing fiscal policy changes during recessions and weak recoveries? 

In spring 2018, I am teaching  Eco 460: Time Series Analysis (Graduate), and Eco 029: Money, Banking, and Financial Markets, and co-teaching Eco 418 (PhD Seminar Advanced topics in Macroeconomics) with Alex Nikolsko-Rzhevskyy. I also teach Eco 365: Business, Government, and Macroeconomic Policy (undergraduate/ graduate) in fall.  

Publications

Working Papers

Work In Progress

  • Weak Identification, the Pile-up Problem, and Finite-Sample Inference for ARMA Models (with James Morley and Charles R. Nelson)
  • Does Maternity Leave Affect Labor Force Participation and Overall Productivity? Evidence from Emerging Countries. with Erkmen Giray Aslim and Anil Tas. 
  • Learning Based Inflation Expectations in an Unobserved Components Model (with Srikanth Ramamurthy)

Upcoming Presentations

  • I plan to attend the annual Symposium of the Society for Nonlinear Dynamics and Econometrics March 19-20th, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan
  • I will present "Jobless Recoveries and Time Variation in Labor Markets" on April 13th, 2018 at the University of Wisconsin Whitewhater