I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics at the University of Texas at Austin. My research focuses on topics in labor economics and public finance, including criminal justice and education. 

During graduate school, I have worked as a Staff Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President and as a research associate for the RAND Corporation on joint projects with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. I have also received the NAED Spencer Dissertation Fellowship to support my research on the impact of increasing police presence in public schools on student disciplinary outcomes and educational attainment in Texas. 

My job market paper examines how much police discretion matters to law enforcement outcomes, after accounting for incident context. I find that the likelihood that an incident results in an arrest critically depends on the officer that shows up to respond to a police call for service (or 911 call). Specifically, I analyze over 160,000 calls for service for approximately 1,850 officers in the Dallas Police Department and find that a 1 standard deviation increase in an officer's propensity to arrest results in a 33% increase in the likelihood that a call results in an arrest. While I find large differences in officer arrest behavior, this heterogeneity is not systematically explained by officer demographics. Moreover, I find limited evidence of racial bias in this setting, which may be attributable to an array of progressive police reforms that have been adopted by the Dallas Police Department in recent years.
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