Professional updates

Please see below regarding details about some of the professional initiatives I am part of, some working paper and publications news, and information about upcoming conferences where I'm privileged to get to present my work.



I'm thrilled to be presenting my job market paper this fall and winter at the AEA (session co-organizer), APPAM (session co-organizer), Southerns, and the European Association of Labour Economists conference (invited speaker), as well as at a number of invited departmental seminars.

My new working paper, with Desmond Ang, Jesse Bruhn, and Ellora Derenoncourt is out now!


This month I became a certified, high education specific Mental Health First Aider. This means that I've been trained to provide support to a person in a mental health crisis until they can access professional care. I've learnt specific skills to listen non-judgmentally, better navigate challenging conversations, and point a person to appropriate resources. Plus do all of the above in instances characteristic of the higher education setting. I've done this because (a) I want to be a supportive educator and colleague in and outside of my classroom, and (b) because I research mental health economics, and it felt morally important that if I opted to be someone who engages with quantitative data on this topic regularly, then I ought be prepared at least at the "first aid" level to help someone right in front of me. If you'd also like to become certified, or simply learn more, see here. (If you belong to UChicago, the upcoming trainings are listed here.)


I'm fortunate to present at a range of conferences this spring and summer. These include the inaugural Discrimination and Diversity Workshop at the University of East Anglia (online), ASHEcon (online), the Al Capone Crime Conference (online), the Stockholm Criminology Conference (online), and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Conference (online).


Co-authors' and my work on the intergenerational transmission of physical and mental health is now available as an IZA Discussion Paper. Take a look here.



Catch me present some of my work this November online at APPAM and at the Southerns.


Coauthors' and my work on the US presidential elections' impact on well-being depending on individuals' party affiliation is now published in Economica! You can find the paper here:


It is an honor to have been awarded an ASHEcon Diversity Scholarship, a scholarship awarded to early career academic researchers working on health economics and coming from a diverse set of backgrounds, which in turn interact with their research. I'm much looking forward to connecting with fellow scholars at the next ASHEcon conference (now in 2021 in Washington, DC).


I'm excited to have been accepted to present at various upcoming conferences this year. See my work at at the Midwest Health Economics Workshop in Wisconsin (originally in May, now online in September); ASHEcon in St. Louis (cancelled) where I also organized the panel; at the Al Capone Crime Conference (cancelled); at the American Law and Economics Association annual conference (cancelled); at the Essen Economics of Mental Health Workshop (online), at APPAM (online), and at the Southern Economic Association's special CSWEP crime session (online).


Come join Jen Doleac and myself at this year's ASSA in San Diego for an informal lunch for crime economists on both weekend days of the conference. This is a great opportunity to connect with fellow researchers and chat about our current projects and research we all just got to absorb at the conference. Saturday 1/4, 12:30 pm, Tender Greens (110 W Broadway) and Sunday 1/5, 12:30 pm, Burger Lounge (528 5th Ave). Further details here. Hope to see many of you there!



Creating and attending organized sessions at academic conferences can be a great way to connect with fellow researchers, especially in fields still growing, such as mental health economics. However, it is sometimes hard finding others planning to submit a paper on the same topic for the same conference. This is where our (the Mental Health Economics Special Interest Group of iHEA) "paper match making" service comes into play! If you have a paper on mental health economics you plan to submit for ASHEcon or EuHEA and would like to become part of an organized session (also doubling your odds at ASHE!), please submit your abstract here until November 12. After the deadline I will be reaching out to everyone so you all can create your sessions. Spread the word to colleagues!

Update: Happy to report that the first time of running this service was greatly successful and I hope we'll see an additional organized session or two on mental health economics getting accepted at conferences in 2020.


I will be presenting some of my work at the Transatlantic Workshop on the Economics of Crime on September 26-27 in Amsterdam. Much looking forward to the presentations of colleagues and some great research chats. If interested, you can still attend as a participant by emailing Olivier Marie.


Mental health economics is under-researched, especially when considering poor mental health's immense economic and health costs to society. One way research might thrive is through bringing together those interested in exploring the topic. Therefore, in collaboration with the International Health Economics Association (iHEA), I invite everyone interested in the topic to an Exploratory Meeting on the 16th of July, Tuesday at the iHEA Basel conference. At the meeting we will discuss exploring how we could set up a Special Interest Group for mental health economics. See details here, and feel free to reach out over email with any questions or if interested in the initiate but not attending iHEA this year.


My paper on self-employment, well-being, and health (with Tuugi Chuluun) has now been accepted for publication in Small Business Economics! Please take a look here.


I am beyond thrilled that co-authors' and my work on voting and well-being was heavily cited in and formed the basis for an article in the current issue of The Economist. I always strive to ask questions and do work that can inform policy and the public, and it is fantastic too see our work to reach its audience on the pages of the periodical.


I am excited to be recognized by the International Health Economics Association's Graduate Student Paper Competition where I was just awarded Third Prize for my job market paper, Stress on the Sidewalk. If you're attending the iHEA conference in Basel this July you can catch me present my work in the Special Prizewinners' Session, as well as in a session on the economics of mental health. I'm grateful for iHEA's recognition.

Pictured: Panka Bencsik, 2019 third prize winner and Winnie Yip, iHEA President-Elect. Picture credit: iHEA


Research I completed with co-authors Sergio Pinto, Tuugi Chuluun, and Carol Graham on the well-being effects of elections is now available as a working paper in the HCEO Working Paper series. Take a look!



The key findings of my job market paper are now available as a blog post on Britain's What Works Centre's website! I'm grateful for the invitation to write about my work for the Centre, whose mission is providing information on evidence based, policy informing research.


On the 11th of October I will be opening the external seminar series for the term with presenting at LSE CEP's Wellbeing Seminar Series. The event is open to non-LSE researchers as well, so please do come along if in London and interested!


I was invited to be listed on a new initiative by What Works Centre for Wellbeing, where they will feature researchers in the field of wellbeing economics for ministries and the media to have an organized site where they can find fitting experts. The website is currently in the making, and I am excited for the opportunity to help move findings in the field into the public eye further.


I have been awarded a Royal Economic Society (RES) Small Grant to offset some of the expenses associated with working with secure access data at the London School of Economics (LSE).


I was invited to participate at NBER's Measurement and Tracking of Subjective Well-Being for Aging Research meeting on the 28th of July in Cambridge, MA. I will be among the just 8 early carrier academics for whom all costs associated with the conference will be funded through NBER.


I was selected as one of 16 PhD candidates on the market this fall for the Western Economic Association International's Graduate Student Workshop. With that, I'll be the first participant from outside of North America in the Workshop's decade-long history.



With the end of September I have completed by research at the Brookings Institution, funded by the Fulbright Foundation. I spent my year mostly working on projects related to health, crime, and public economics questions. Fruits of these projects are at revise and resubmit, and at working paper stages.

It has been an outstanding year with opportunities to work with some leading researchers in my field, as well as see various policy makers talk about how how economics research informs their policy decisions, among others various House and Senate members, multiple Governors and Secretaries.


I was awarded the CORE-Teagle Fellow title for my contributions to CORE, a new textbook for economics teaching.​