The project on international trade looks at trade policy around the world to better understand how countries engage with each other and the international system. Active papers in this area use the Grossman Helpman (1994) model for protection, the Gravity model (1954) and its variants, and applied techniques to understand the Belt & Road initiative of trading activity.
Rural Community Development
This project focuses on understanding the vibrancy and health of rural communities in middle America. Among the active papers, we use administrative data to look at philanthropy and how it responds to economic shocks at the census tract level.
This project is the most recently launched and papers are under development.
Active papers in this project look at the impact of increasing company concentration on labor market outcomes as well as the impact of female legislators on labor market and welfare outcomes (poverty, TANF use, etc.). Generally, this project focuses on applied microeconomic methods to understand a variety of labor data using interesting identification techniques to ask questions about particular policies and their impact on job opportunities and well-being outcomes.
This project looks at both macroeconomic and microeconomic outcomes. Active papers look at the impact of terrorism on the labor market in Iraq, the impact of violent and nonviolent revolutions on labor and capital use in impacted countries and various household/labor market outcomes.