Research

Working papers

"Do Grade Signals Drive the Gender Gap in STEM? Evidence From a Regression Discontinuity" (job market paper)

forthcoming


"Economic WARNings: The Impact of Negative News on Racial Animus" with Abigail Peralta

Racially charged rhetoric often surrounds layoff events, with specific minorities often blamed for the loss of "American jobs.'' We examine whether information about impending mass layoffs causes racial animus. Our data consist of information on mass layoffs notices linked to Google Search Trends and FBI Hate Crimes Statistics. We compare outcomes across areas that vary in the timing of news of impending layoffs. Results indicate an increase in both racist internet searches (1.5 percent) and hate crimes (23 percent) following layoff notices.


"Does It Matter Who Owns the Media? Evidence From Within-Market Media Ownership Consolidation" with Meradee Tangvatcharapong

Media ownership has become more concentrated in recent years, leading to concerns over media integrity and the nature of the information being passed on to the public. In this paper, we study the impact of broadcast television ownership consolidation on ideological preferences. To do so, we use a difference-in-differences design to examine the impact of within-market consolidation on election outcomes. Results show that within-market consolidation shifted vote share towards Democrats by 3-4 percentage points for both presidential and senate elections, and that this effect persists for at least 12 years.


"The Impact of Voter ID Laws on Turnout: Evidence From Texas"



Works in progress

"Racial Bias in Police Investigations" with Abigail Peralta

"Exposure to Racial Diversity and Judge Behavior" with CarlyWill Sloan