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I am an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. During the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years, I will be on leave as a Rubenstein Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. I received my Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 2003.

I study the economics of education, with a focus on how we finance elementary and secondary education and college access for disadvantaged students. My research examines the educational, social, and fiscal effects—intended and unintended—of some of the most important policies of the 20th century: school desegregation, the Civil Rights Act, and the massive expansion of federal aid to K-12 education that Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act represented. I am also conducting a randomized field experiment of two interventions designed to increase college enrollment among disadvantaged students.

My research in health economics examines the advantages and disadvantages of promoting competition in health insurance markets.


Rubenstein Fellow in Economic Studies, Brookings Institution
Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
Faculty Affiliate, California Center for Population Research
Faculty Affiliate, California Policy Lab