I am a health economist with main research interests in the determinants of health behavior, outcomes, and inequality.
Currently, I am serving as a Senior Economist on the White House's Council of Economic Advisers. My permanent position is with the Economic Research Service, where I am a Research Economist in the Diet, Safety, and Health Economics Branch of the Food Economics Division. My research program examines how information, prices, food assistance program participation, and labor supply affect health behavior and outcomes. My active projects include researching:
- The effects of intra-pandemic income support programs on food spending and food security;
- The effects of restaurant menu labeling regulations on American consumers' use of calorie information when ordering restaurant foods and on their daily calorie intake;
- Whether providing parents with information enhanced with low-cost nudges can help mitigate the rise of child overweight in a developing country at the onset of a rapid nutrition transition (Vietnam);
- How SNAP participation affects time spent in food-related activities over the benefit month ("SNAP benefit cycle") as well as other uses of time that have implications for own and family health; and
- Whether heterogeneity in eating patterns among SNAP receipients and comparable nonrecipients can explain non-SNAP/SNAP differences in obesity rates.
My prior research has been published in peer-reviewed economics and public health journals. For a copy of my CV, please click here.