My path to the academy was not linear with time spent in various roles outside the university conducting research that has directly informed public policy across the spectrum. My diverse policy experiences have shaped my research agenda to focus on a variety of topics in labor and health economics including (1) youth development, (2) changing skill requirements, (3) healthcare, and (4) housing and migration. In each area, I seek to answer timely questions using novel data sets and applying an array of analytical approaches. My contributions in each of these main areas are discussed separately below.

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