Phone: (346) 235-6974 

I'm a Ph.D. candidate in the economics department at the University of Houston. My research interests include public economics, urban economics, public policy, and labor economics.
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Public Economics                                                   
Public finance, public budget, and public administration;
Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue;
Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents;
State and Local Government
Urban Economics
Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic;
Transport economics;
Regional Migration;
Regional Labor Markets;

Job Market Paper

Conference Presentations:
MVEA (2021), SEA (2021), MVEA (2022), SEA (2022), CEANA (2022), ASSA (2023), Indiana University-SPEA (2023), STATA poster (2023)

Dealing with Fiscal Stress: Cities versus Suburbs  [Draft]

Abstract: I explore how changes in the local economic environment affect the provision of public goods by local governments through two approaches to shocks: import shocks from China and changes in the manufacturing industry in the United States. I extend the Feler and Senses (2017) framework about import shocks to allow for a more extensive analysis of heterogeneity and find that aggregation affects their results in two critical dimensions. Governments in urban areas responded differently than those in the remaining, presumably because of Tiebout competition between cities and comparable competitive suburbs. Further, I find that central cities in the largest commuting zones respond to this decline by reducing their investment spending, preparing for further economic decline. The suburbs, in contrast, appear to recognize that the reduction is temporary, as the continued decentralization of large urban areas suggests a suburban recovery from the temporary decline. I also show that the Bartik-type instrument for manufacturing industry changes yields results similar to the China shock approach and has the advantage of being able to cover more time periods.

Suburbanization in All CZs

Source: Census Bureau's Population and Unit Estimates Survey GitHub

Suburbanization in Top Quartile  CZs

Source: Census Bureau's Population and Unit Estimates Survey GitHub

China Import Shocks in Top Quartile CZs

Source: United Nations Comrade Database GitHub

Manufacturing Industry Changes in Top Quartile CZs

Source: County Business Pattern GitHub