I am an Economics Ph.D. Candidate at Vanderbilt University. My areas of research include environmental, experimental, and development economics. I have a wide variety of teaching and research experience including teaching undergraduate economics classes at Brigham Young University and managing an experimental economics lab at Vanderbilt University.

My job market paper, "PM 2.5 and Construction Worksite Safety," estimates the effect of fine particulate matter air pollution (PM 2.5) on the probability of serious construction worksite accidents. My research agenda focuses on the effects of pollution and resource extraction on society, and the government regulations and social institutions that can exacerbate or mitigate those effects.

I will be on the job market in 2020-2021 and will be available for interviews at the ASSA 2021 Annual Meeting.



PM 2.5 and Construction Worksite Safety (Job Market Paper)

This paper provides the first causal estimates of the impact of fine particulate matter air pollution(PM 2.5) on workplace accidents, which cost the U.S. economy an estimated 192 billion dollars in 2007. I construct a novel dataset composed of the universe of serious workplace accidents investigated by OSHA from 2003 to 2015 and exploit plausibly exogenous variation in PM 2.5 caused by thermal inversions to implement an instrumental variables research design. Focusing on the construction sector, which employs 7.5 million workers and accounts for roughly one third of worksite accidents, I find that decreasing PM 2.5 exposure by 1 μg per cubic meter could lead to a 7% decrease in the risk of a serious construction worksite accident, representing an elasticity of 0.67.

Fine Particulate Air Pollution and Agricultural Worker Safety

This paper will provide causal estimates of the impact of PM 2.5 on workplace accidents in the U.S. agricultural sector. I will make use of OSHA Fatality and Catastrophe Investigation data and use thermal inversions as an instrument for PM 2.5 exposure.

Fine Particulate Air Pollution and U.S. Vehicular Accident Risk

I will estimate the effect of PM 2.5 on traffic accidents in the United States, using data from NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, and compare my results with estimates of this effect from the United Kingdom (Sager, 2019).


Adjunct Instructor

Brigham Young University 

June–August 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2020  

  • Game Theory and Economics (2018, 2019, and 2020)

    • Taught fully online in 2020 due to pandemic​

  • Statistics for Economists (2016)

Teaching Assistant

Vanderbilt University

Aug 2016–April 2020

  • Ph.D. Microeconomics Theory II (2017–2020)

  • Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (2017, 2020)

  • Ph.D. Microeconomic Theory I (2019)

  • M.A. Microeconomic Theory (2019)

  • Matching and Networks (2018)

  • Money and Banking (2018)

  • Game Theory with Economic Applications (2017)

  • Principles of Microeconomics (2016)

Teaching Assistant

Brigham Young University 

January–April 2012 and January–December 2013 

  • Natural Resources and Environmental Economics (2013)

  • International Trade Theory and Applications (2013)

  • Economics Principles and Problems (2012)


Contact Me Directly:

(801) 628-8372



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