Ph.D.(c) Public Affairs, SPEA - Indiana University
My research interests span from applied microeconomics into social policies, to their public finance consequences. I use the tools of data science and causal inference to answer my research questions. I hold concentrations in Public Finance and Policy Analysis from O'Neill SPEA and a minor in Data Science from the School of Informatics. Previously I majored in Finance during my masters in Taiwan, China, and in Economics during my bachelor's.
Professors Maureen Pirog and Justin Ross chair my Dissertation Committee and have influenced me immensely. I have also been advised and encouraged by the other members of my Committee, Professors Kosali Simon and Bradley Heim.
In my dissertation, driven by an interest in inequality, I study how implementation and design of social policies result in differences from the ideal theoretical outcomes. In my job market paper, first, I intend to answer if there are differences in the decrease of consumption caused by the policy when we compare the liquid consumption to the sugar intake from sugary drinks. As the tax is levied at the liquid level it opens a margin of substitution for consumers to avoid the tax, consume drinks with a higher sugar concentration. Furthermore, I intend to answer if there are different responses across subpopulations, as not all consumers have the same health problems derived by sugary drink consumption. The article uses Scancode data, and data derived from a python self developed webscrapping procedure across online stores. I find that the decrease in sugar intake is approximately 25% lower relative to the overall change in consumption, and that there is not a substantial difference in the behavioral response of the subgroups I analyze.
In the other essays, I intend to answer how to deal with the unintended unaffordability of traditional student loans by means of combining them with small cash subsidies in Colombia, and also revisit the unsettled question of incidence during back-to-school sales tax holidays. You can find more about my research here.