Research Areas

Immigration, Social Interactions, Economics of the Family, Disability Insurance

In Progress

Settling for Academia? H-1B Visas and the Career Choices of Foreign-born U.S. Graduates,” with Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

“Do Immigrant Inflows Improve Quality of Care in Nursing Homes?” with Francesc Ortega

“Racial Segregation and Selective Migration: Are Effects of Neighborhood Segregation Causal?” (with Robert BiFulco and Stephen Ross). This paper draws heavily from the working paper, “Why Are Ghettos Bad? Examining the Role of Educational Experiences”


Fertility Responses of High-Skilled Native Women to Immigrant Inflows” Demography, Vol. 53, Issue 1, 2016, 27-53. Working paper version.

Immigrant Networks and the Take-Up of Disability Programs: Evidence from US Census Data” (with Nikolaos Theodoropoulos), Economic Inquiry, Vol. 54, Issue 1, 2016, 247–267. Working paper version.

Can Immigrants Help Women “Have it All”? Immigrant Labor and Women’s Joint Fertility and Labor Supply Decisions”  IZA Journal of Migration, Vol. 4, Issue 19, 2015. This paper draws heavily from a working paper coauthored with Heinrich Hock, “Female Work and Fertility in the United States: Effects of Low-Skilled Immigrant Labor.”

Trends in the Returns to Social Assimilation: Earnings Premiums among U.S. Immigrants that Marry Natives” (with Tao Song), The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 662, Issue 1, 2015, 207-222. Working paper version.

Immigrant Labor and Work-Family Decisions of Native-Born womenIZA World of Labor, Article 139, 2015.

Ethnic Intermarriage”, International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd Edition, edited by James D. Wright, Elsevier, Oxford, 2015, 118-122.

SSI for Disabled Immigrants: Why do Ethnic Networks Matter?” (with Nikolaos Theodoropoulos), American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, Vol. 103, Issue 3, 2013, 462-66. Working paper version.

Interethnic Marriages and their Economic Effects” (with Stephen J. Trejo), International Handbook on the Economics of Migration, 2013, 276-92. Working paper version.

Does Culture Affect Divorce? Evidence from European Immigrants in the US” (with Miriam Marcen and Almudena Sevilla), Demography, Vol. 50, Issue 3, 2013, 1013-38. Working paper version.

Human Capital and Interethnic Marriage DecisionsEconomic Inquiry, Vol. 50, Issue 1, 2012, 82-93. Working paper version.

Interethnic Marriage: A Choice between Ethnic and Educational Similarities”  (with Nikolaos Theodoropoulos), Journal of Population Economics, Vol. 24, Issue 4, 2011, 1257-79. Working paper version.

Intermarriage and Immigrant Employment: The Role of Networks”  B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, Vol. 10, Issue 1, 2010, Article 101.

Low-Skilled Immigration and Work-Fertility Tradeoffs among High-Skilled US Natives”  (with Heinrich Hock), American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings , Vol. 100, Issue 2, 2010, 224-28.

Cross-Nativity Marriages and Human Capital Levels of ChildrenResearch in Labor Economics, Vol. 29, 2009, 27396. Working paper version.

I’ll Marry You If You Get Me a Job: Marital Assimilation and Immigrant Employment Rates”  (with Nikolaos Theodoropoulos), International Journal of Manpower, Vol. 30, Issue (1+2), 2009, 116-126. Working paper version.