I am a postdoctoral scholar at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and a part-time assistant professor in Economics at Occidental College. During 2015-2016, I was a visiting assistant professor in Economics at the College of the Holy Cross. I received my PhD in the Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
I am an applied microeconomist with research interests in environment, energy, development, and gender. In my current project at UCLA, I use 11 millions households' utility bills and spatial data to evaluate the effectiveness of energy efficiency programs in Southern California, identify mechanisms that drive the program outcomes, and understand the distributional impacts in disadvantaged communities. My project is a part of a larger interdisciplinary research program that aims to improve the sustainability of urban systems.
My other work in development economics studies peer effects on people's consumption behaviors in Thailand, farmers' adaptation to climate change in India, and risk/social preference measurement in Paraguay. In addition, I am also launching a field experiment to evaluate gender bias in the music profession and another project to examine female political representation in Taiwan.
Aside from my love of coding, I enjoy collecting primary data to improve my understanding of human behaviors. I have conducted qualitative fieldwork in India and Thailand, as well as household surveys in Cambodia.
My most recent work on climate change adaptation among Indian farmers is published at Economics Letters. Another recent work on stability of preferences is published at the Journal of Development Economics and is now one of the most cited JDE papers published since 2015. I also wrote an extensive review on Social Networks in Developing Countries in the Annual Review of Resource Economics.
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