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  • Ph.D. in Economics, Duke University, 2006; Dissertation: "The Effects of Advanced Education on Labor Market Outcomes: An Analysis of MBAs"

  • M.A. in Economics, Duke University, December 2002
  • B.A. in Economics & Chemistry, St. Olaf College, May 2000; Magna Cum Laude
  • This semester:​​
    • Econometrics II (Graduate)
    • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Graduate courses taught:
    • ​Labor Economics
    • Econometrics I
    • Econometrics II
    • Business Applications of Economic Theory (Executive MBA)
    • Economics for the Global Executive (online MBA)
  • Undergraduate courses taught:
    • Intermediate Microeconomics
    • Labor Economics
    • Principles of Microeconomics
    • Personnel Economics
    • Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll: The Economics of Vice (undergrad/grad)
    • Game Theory
Working Papers
  • “Crime Spillovers and Hurricane Katrina,” with Alex Nikolsko-Rzhevskyy and Ioana Sofia Pacurar. [pdf]
  • “MBAs, Earnings and Promotions: Estimating the Compensating Differential of Managerial Status." [pdf]
  • “The Entrepreneurial Personality of Aspiring Business Professionals: Expectations and Actual Self-Employment,” with Carmen Astorne-Figari and Daniel Mangrum. [pdf]
  • “Investigating Gender Differentials in Earnings and Returns to Coauthorship in Economics,” with Nicholas Kanamaru.
  • “Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Burnout: A Longitudinal Analysis," with Enrica Riggs, Wendy Bedwell, Dave Arena, and Frances Fabian.
  • “Gender-Based Disparities Under Shelter-in-Place Orders," with Jobu Babin and Marine Foray.


  • “The Economic Returns to an MBA,” with Peter Arcidiacono and Jane Cooley, 2008. International Economic Review, Vol. 49, No. 3: 873-899.
  • “Overweight Adolescents and On-time High School Graduation: Racial and Gender Disparities,” with Albert A. Okunade and Mustafa C. Karakus, 2009. Atlantic Economic Journal, Vol. 37, No. 3: 225-242.
  • “The Effects of Focused Area of Study on Self-Reported Skill Gains and Satisfaction of MBA Graduates,” 2009. The Journal of Global Business Management, Vol. 5, No. 2.
  • “Returns to Field of Study versus School Quality: MBA Selection on Observed and Unobserved Heterogeneity,” with Wayne Grove, 2011. Economic Inquiry, Vol. 49, No. 3: 730-749.
  • “The Gender Pay Gap Beyond Human Capital: Heterogeneity in Noncognitive Skills and in Labor Market Tastes,” with Wayne Grove and Michael Jetter, 2011. Journal of Human Resources, 46(4): 827-874.
  • “Estimating the Ex Ante Expected Returns to College,” with Omari Swinton, 2011.American Economic Review Papers & Proceedings, Vol. 101, No. 3: 598-602.
  • “The Effect of Ethics on Labor Market Success: Evidence from MBA Graduates,”  2011. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 80(1): 168-180.
  • “Human Capital Augmentation versus the Signaling Value of MBA Education,” 2012. Economics of Education Review 31(4): 442-451.
  • “The Payoff to School Selectivity: An Application of Dale and Krueger's Method to MBA Programs,” with Weiwei Chen and Wayne Grove, 2012. Economics Letters 116(2): 247-249.
  • “Effects of Peers and Social Environment on Adolescent Psychological Well-Being,” with Debjani Kanjilal and Albert Okunade, 2013. International Journal of Business & Economics 3(2): 69-83.
  • “Racial Segregation Patterns in Selective Universities”, with Peter Arcidiacono, Esteban Aucejo, and Kenneth Spenner, 2013. Journal of Law and Economics 56(4): 1039-60.
  • “Affirmative Action in MBA Programs: Investigating the Mismatch Hypothesis for Race and Gender,” with Wayne Grove, 2014. B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy (Advances) 14(3): 613-668.
  • “Returns to MBA Quality: Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Returns to Peers, Faculty, and Institution Quality,” with Wayne Grove, 2014. Labour Economics 26: 43-54.
  • “AIDing Contraception: HIV and Recent Trends in Abortion Rates,” with Alex Nikolsko-Rzhevskyy and Jay Walker, 2014. Applied Economics 46(15): 1788-1803.
  • “Adolescent Obesity, Educational Attainment, and Adult Earnings,” with John Amis and Albert Okunade, 2014. Applied Economics Letters 21(13): 945-50.
  • “Greek Organization Membership and Collegiate Outcomes at an Elite Private University, with Nathan Martin and Jay Walker, 2015. Research in Higher Education 56(3): 203-227.
  • “Experimental Evidence of the Effects of an Early Intervention Program on Economics Student Outcomes, ” with Doug Campbell, 2015. Applied Economics Letters.22(11): 895-899.
  • “Analyzing the Effects of Parental Separation on the Short-term, Medium-term, and Long-term Outcomes of Adolescents,” with Debjani Kanjilal and Anil Nathan. 2016. Journal of Family and Economic Issues 37(1): 58-74.
  • “Long-term Trends in Fair and Unfair Inequality in the United States," with Michael Jetter. 2017. Applied Economics 17: 1147-63
  • “The Role of Confidence and Noncognitive Skills for Post-Baccalaureate Academic and Labor Market Outcomes," with Weiwei Chen and Wayne Grove. 2017. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 138: 10-29.
  • “The Fundamental Determinants of Economic Inequality in Average Income Across Countries: The Declining Role of Political Institutions," with Michael Jetter and Dianne McWilliam. 2020. Review of Income and Wealth.
  • “Beauty Premiums Among Academics," with Jobu Babin, Alex Nikolsko-Rzhevskyy, and David Taylor. 2020. Economics of Education Review 78: 102019.
  • “Shelter-in-Place Orders, Loneliness, and Cooperative Behavior," with Jobu Babin and Marine Foray.  Forthcoming, Economics and Human Biology.
  • “Gender, Coauthorship, and Scholarly Productivity in Economics," with Sheena Murray and Wendy Stock. Forthcoming, Economic Inquiry.
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