Throughout my career, my overarching scholarly goal has been to advance the use of data-driven research in policy decisions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of public investments. Previously, as a Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, I led research projects that directly informed both regional and macroeconomic policy decisions. In my current position at Northeastern University, an institution committed to translational research, I have drawn on that experience to pursue research that is both academically rigorous and policy relevant.
Much of my work is interdisciplinary and involves large-scale empirical evaluations to determine underlying causal relationships using a variety of data sources, methods, and techniques. My current research focuses on three areas: (1) employer skill requirements, (2) youth employment, and (3) healthcare. My contributions in each of these main areas are discussed separately below.