I am a health economist with research interests in the determinants of health-related capital, behavior, and inequality. My recent work has investigated the health effects of a variety of public policies such as restaurant menu labeling, trans fat bans, and electoral dry laws.
My research has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as American Journal of Preventive Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Health Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Population Economics, and Preventive Medicine.
At present, I work as a Research Economist in the Diet, Safety, and Health Economics Branch of the Food Economics Division at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service. I am currently conducting studies that will throw light on the effectiveness of restaurant menu labeling, how much taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages affect health, what determines within-family heterogeneity in health, and the drivers of racial gaps in childhood obesity.