Research Areas

Immigration, Economics of the Family, Disability Insurance, Culture and Norms, Aging, Nursing Homes

In Progress

Does Immigration Improve Quality of Care in Nursing Homes? ” with Francesc Ortega (NEW DRAFT), Under Revision, Journal of Human Resources. This is a heavily revised version of the IZA DP version.

How Do Low Skilled Immigrants Adjust to Chinese Import Shocks? Evidence using English Language Proficiency” with Haiyang Kong

Can Parental Leave Policies Change Leave-Taking Norms? Evidence from Immigrants” with Samantha Trajkovski


Who Goes on Disability when Times are Tough? The Role of Work Norms among Immigrants,” with Kerry L. Papps and Nikolaos Theodoropoulos, European Economic Review, Volume 143, April 2022. Prepublication version.

OPT Policy Changes and Foreign Born STEM Talent in the U.S.” with Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes and Huanan Xu. Note: This is a slightly revised version of the CReAM Discussion paper which is a significantly revised version of the IZA Discussion Paper, “Did OPT Policy Changes Help Steer and Retain Foreign Talent into STEM?Labour Economics, Vol. 61, December 2019.

Settling for Academia? H-1B Visas and the Career Choices of Foreign-born U.S. Graduates,” with Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 54, Issue 2, 2019, 401-429. Working paper version. See #JHR_Threads description of the paper including a video interview with me on twitter.

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.”

Intermarriage and Socioeconomic Integration: Trends in Earnings Premiums among U.S. Immigrants Who 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 IntermarriageInternational 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.

Why Does Intermarriage Increase 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.

Resting for Now

Who Goes on Disability When Times Are Tough? The Role of Social Costs of Take-Up Among Immigrants” with Kerry L. Papps and Nikolaos Theodoropoulos. IZA Newsroom Description. Older IZA version. This paper has been revised significantly and is now focused on social norms (see above).

“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”