I am a health economist with research interests in the determinants of health-related capital, behavior, and inequality. My recent work has investigated how public policies that influence the [full] price of goods (e.g. electoral dry laws, soda taxes, and trans fat bans) or that mandate disclosure of product attributes (e.g. restaurant menu labeling) affect consumption and health.
My research has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as American Journal of Preventive Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Health Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Population Economics, and Preventive Medicine.
At present, I work as a Research Economist in the Diet, Safety, and Health Economics Branch of the Food Economics Division at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service. My current work program includes researching whether restaurant menu labeling laws have changed how much food-away-from-home meals add to total daily caloric intake, whether and how much soda taxes affect consumption behavior and diet-related health, and the drivers of racial gaps in childhood obesity rates.