PhD Candidate in Economics
University of Oxford
I am a PhD Candidate in Economics at the University of Oxford. I will be joining the department of economics at KU Leuven as an Assistant Professor in 2024 after spending a year as a Postdoctoral Fellow there. I will further be visiting the Institute for Fiscal studies in 2023/2024 as a research scholar.
I work on topics in labour economics , household finance and public economics --- combining quasi-experimental analyses with applied theory and innovative survey evidence.
Presentations: NBER Summer Institute 2022, ASSA Annual Meeting 2023, EWMES Winter Meeting 2022, EEA-ESEM Congress 2022, RES Conference 2022, RES Junior Symposium 2022, HCEO-Briq SSSI 2022, Transatlantic Doctoral Conference 2022, European Commission ARC 2021, European Commission DG ECFIN Seminars
From an early age, children from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds perform worse than advantaged children in standard tests of non-cognitive skills. These gaps persist into adulthood and shape life outcomes. We test whether grading primary school students on non-academic attainment, such as social conduct and work ethic, affects non-cognitive skill formation. We exploit quasi-experimental variation in conduct grades in Germany. We find that receiving conduct grades in primary school causes students to be more open to experience and willing to take risks at age 17. Further, we find that students from more disadvantaged backgrounds specifically grow up to be less neurotic and present biased adolescents. Both traits are correlated with worse adult outcomes, suggesting potential for welfare gains.
JMIR mHeath and uHealth, 2020.
I have been teaching classes for the Quantitative Methods I & II (introductory and advanced econometrics) courses for the MSc and MPhil in Economic and Social History in 2019/20, 2020/21 & 2021/22. A sample syllabus for the introductory course can be found here. A sample syllabus for the advanced course can be found here. Teaching evaluations for the most recent year can be found here. A sample of testimonials from the preceding years can be found here.
In 2022/23 I will be teaching Quantitative Economics (undergraduate econometrics) classes.