I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. I am on the job market this year and will be available for interviews at the 2019 ASSA annual meeting in Atlanta.
Journal of Monetary Economics, Volume 97, August 2018, p. 29-44
Abstract: Recent empirical evidence suggests that skill-biased technological change accelerated during the Great Recession. We use a neoclassical growth framework to analyze how business cycle fluctuations interact with a long-run transition towards a skill-intensive technology. In the model, the adoption of new technologies by firms and the acquisition of new skills by workers are concentrated in downturns due to low opportunity costs. As a result, shocks lead to deeper recessions, but they also speed up adoption of the new technology. Our calibrated model matches both the long-run downward trend in routine employment and key features of the Great Recession.
Presented at Midwest Macroeconomics Meetings (2017), European Winter Meeting of the Econometric Society (2017), CEPR Conference “Growth and Inequality: Long-Term Effects of Short-Term Policies” (2018), Transatlantic Doctoral Conference (2018)
Abstract: We document S-shaped dynamics of the US economy associated with the construction of the Interstate Highway System in the 1960s. We then propose a business cycle model with two steady states arising due to productive public capital and production non-convexities. Small-scale short-run public investment programs generate transitory responses while large-scale ones can produce long-run impacts. Our quantitative analysis highlights the critical role played by public investment in explaining the economic dynamics around the 1960s. However, it casts doubt on the efficiency of a large public investment expansion in the post-Great Recession era.
Macroeconomics of Bank Runs (with Haotian Xiang), work in progress