Research Areas

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

In Progress

Recession-Induced Disability Insurance Take-up: Do Ethnic Networks Matter?” with Kerry L. Papps and Nikolaos Theodoropoulos.

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


Immigration Enforcement and the Institutionalization of Elderly Americans” with Abdulmohsen Almuhaisen and Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes.  Journal of Health Economics, Vol. 94, 2024.

How Do Low Skilled Immigrants Adjust to Chinese Import Shocks? Evidence using English Language Proficiency” with Haiyang Kong. European Economic Review, Vol. 163, 2024.

Does Immigration Improve Quality of Care in Nursing Homes?” with Francesc Ortega, Journal of Human Resources. Media: The Indicator from Planet Money, NPR’s All Things Considered, McKnights, and Forbes. This is a revised version of the CReAM Discussion paper.

Can Immigrants Help the U.S. Care for an Aging Population?The Annual Proceedings of the Wealth and Well-Being of Nations, Volume XIII, 2021-2022.

Interethnic Marriages” with Tao Song. Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics, edited by Klaus F. Zimmermann.

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.

OPT Policy Changes and Foreign Born STEM Talent in the U.S.” with Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes and Huanan Xu. 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. 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. Media: Vox, Fed Economic Bulletin.

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.

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. Wo

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.