Social and Behavioral Sciences
Economist working on tax policy, social insurance, and education policy. Put together evidence from large administrative data sets to find new and rather striking evidence on regional heterogeneity in mobility, tax salience, and the impact of early schooling on economic outcomes. In most cited study, Salience and Taxation: Theory and Evidence, showed that sales taxes are less important to consumer behavior than the posted price. Another widely cited study, How Does Your Kindergarten Classroom Affect Your Earnings? Evidence from Project STAR showed that the effect of teacher quality eventually faded but then re-emerged later in life with remarkably large effects on earnings and other markers for success. Among the most cited young economists in the world, honors include the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2012) and the John Bates Clark Medal of the American Economic Association (2013).