Curriculum Vitae


Academic Appointments and Affiliations

    • Assistant Professor of Economics, United States Military Academy at West Point, 2015-Present
    • Director of Long-Run Research, Office of Economic and Manpower Analysis, 2018-Present
    • IZA Research Affiliate, 2018-Present
    • CESifo Research Network Affiliate, 2017-Present
    • Global Labor Organization Fellow 2018-Present


    • Ph.D., Policy Analysis & Management, Cornell University, 2015
    • M.A., Policy Analysis & Management, Cornell University, 2014
    • B.A., Economics, Brigham Young University, 2009


    • Applied Microeconomics, Economics of Education, Behavioral Economics, Labor Economics


Peer Reviewed Publications

Other Publications

    • The Competitive Effects of Online Education.” With David Deming and Michael Lovenheim. Forthcoming in Productivity in Higher Education (Caroline Hoxby and Kevin Stange, Eds.). Also published as NBER Working Paper No. 22749
    • “Innovation in Education.” With Jordan Matsudaira. In Dominic Brewer and Lawrence Picus, editors. Encyclopedia of Education Economics and Finance. Sage Publications. 2015.
    • “Faculty Members on Boards of Trustees.” With Ronald Ehrenberg and Andrew Key. Academe. 2013.

Working Papers

Ongoing Projects

    • “How Much to Save? Decision Costs and Retirement Plan Participation” With Tatiana Homonoff, Jacob Goldin, and William Skimmyhorn.
    • “How do Behavioral Approaches to Increase Savings Compare? Evidence from Multiple Interventions in the U.S. Army.” With William Skimmyhorn.
    • “Parental Absence and Human Capital Development: Evidence from Quasi-Random Deployments.” With Andrew Johnston and David Lyle.

Fellowships, Grants, & Awards

    • 2014-2015 National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship. $25,000.
    • 2014 Russell Sage Foundation. Small Grants in Behavioral Economics. $6,000.
    • 2014 Cornell Population Center Rapid Response Grant. $800.
    • 2012 Cornell Institute for Social Science Small Grants Program. With Jordan Matsudaira. $10,000.
    • 2009 Brigham Young University Office of Research and Creative Activities (ORCA) student grant. $1,500.
    • 2007 Brigham Young University Introductory Economics Teaching Assistant of the Semester.


    • 2019 University of California, San Diego; University of Oregon; United States Air Force Academy; Vassar College; Association for Education Finance and Policy; Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management; Society of Labor Economics;.
    • 2018 Brigham Young University; University of Alaska; University of Pittsburgh ; Southern Economics Association; Western Economics Association; Northeast Economics of Education Workshop
    • 2017 APPAM; Wesleyan University; Southern Economics Association; Western Economics Association
    • 2016 Ideas 42; Association for Education Finance and Policy; NBER Higher Education Productivity Conference (co-author presented); Western Economic Association, Northeast Economics of Education Workshop.
    • 2015 Analysis Group; Cornell University; Mathematica; Southern Economics Association; United States Military Academy; American Education Research Association meetings (poster).
    • 2014 BYU Graduate Student Conference; Utah State University; Western Economic Association.
    • 2013 Western Economic Association.
    • 2011 AAEA-Behavioral Economics & Child Nutrition; American Marketing Association.


    • Instructor for SS390, Behavioral Economics
    • Instructor for SS201, Principles of Economics

Professional Service

    • Referee: American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Contemporary Economic Policy, Economics of Education Review, Economic Inquiry, Education Economics, Education Finance and Policy, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Human Capital, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Public Economics, Management Science