PhD Candidate in Economics at New York University
Welcome! I am a fifth year PhD student at the NYU Department of Economics.
My research interests are in Public Economics and Empirical IO. My work combines theory and empirical methodology from these fields to address questions in Urban and Environmental Economics.
This paper argues that the endogeneity of amenities plays a crucial role in the welfare distribution of a city’s residents by reinforcing location sorting. We quantify this channel by leveraging spatial variation in tourism flows and the entry of home-sharing platforms, such as Airbnb, as shifters of location characteristics to estimate a dynamic model of residential choice. In our model, consumption amenities in each location are the equilibrium outcome of a market for services, which are supplied by firms and demanded by heterogeneous households. We estimate the model using detailed Dutch microdata, which allows us to track the universe of Amsterdam’s residents over time and the evolution of a rich set of neighborhood amenities. Our results indicate significant heterogeneity across households in their valuation of different amenities, as well as in the response of amenities to demographic composition. We show that allowing for this endogenous response increases inequality between demographic groups whose preferences are closely aligned, but decreases it when substantially misaligned, suggesting heterogeneity in the two-way mapping between households and amenities plays a crucial distributive role. Finally, we highlight the practical distributional implications of our estimates by evaluating currently debated policies, such as zoning, as well as price and quantity regulations in housing markets
Presented at: NYU (Applied Micro Lunch, Econometrics Lunch, Stern IO Workshop), Columbia (2019 Young Economist Symposium), LSE (2019 Urban Economics Summer School), Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia (14th Meeting of the Urban Economics Association), Washington University in St. Louis (14th Economics Graduate Student Conference), Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (8th Annual Economics Conference, scheduled)
Work In Progress
"Environmental Regulation and Industry Dynamics"
Presented at: NYU (Applied Micro Lunch, Econometrics Lunch)
"The Economic Geography of Apartheid" with Matthew Sharp (LSE)
Presented at: NYU Econometrics Lunch