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PhD Economics, Georgia State University, May 2013, Dissertation: “The Consequences of Poor Tax Administration”

MS Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Georgia, December 2003, Thesis: “An Analysis of Georgia’s Landscape Plant Retail Markets”

BA Economics/BA English, University of Georgia, December 2001,  CURO Symposium, Economics Research Paper Presentation: “Data Envelopment Analysis of the Efficiency of Georgia Politicians”

Work Experience

Service Fellow, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, July 2014-Present

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, National Bureau of Economic Research, for Janet Currie and Erdal Tekin, June 2013-July 2014

Graduate Research Assistantship, Georgia State University, for Klara Peter and Erdal Tekin,  August 2008-June 2013

Credit Underwriter, Regions Bank Savannah, February 2007-July 2008

Portfolio Specialist, Private Banking, SunTrust Bank Savannah, August 2003-February 2007

Graduate Research Assistantship, University of Georgia, for Steve Turner, August 2002-August 2003  


Refereed Publications

"Corruption and Firm Tax Evasion" (with James Alm and Jorge Martinez-Vazquez), Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Forthcoming.

Tax Morale and Tax Compliance from the Firm's Perspective” (with James Alm), Kyklos, Volume 65,  Issue 1, pp. 1-17, February 2012.


Working Papers

"Economic Conditions and Illicit Drug Use in the United States" (with Christopher Carpenter and Daniel Rees).

"The Affordable Care Act's Dependent Care Coverage and Mortality"

"The Affordable Care Act's Dependent Care Coverage Expansion and Behavioral Health Care"

Crime in a Cashless Economy” (with R. Wright, E. Tekin, V. Topalli, T. Dickinson, and R. Rosenfeld), NBER Working Paper No. 19996, March 2014.

Health and Health Behaviors During the Worst of Times: Evidence from the Great Recession” (with Erdal Tekin and Karen Jean Minyard), NBER Working Paper No. 19234, July 2013. (Under Review – Journal of Health Economics)

Stand Your Ground Laws, Homicides, and Injuries” (with Erdal Tekin), NBER Working Paper No. 18187, June 2012. (Revise and Resubmit – Journal of Human Resources)


Non-refereed Publications

"Trends in Insurance Coverage and Treatment Utilization by Young Adults" Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  January 2015.

Poverty and Mortality in Hemodialysis Patients.” (with William McClellan), Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Volume 24, Issue 2, February 2013.

Georgia's Brain Gain.” (with Jon Rork), Fiscal Research Center Policy Brief Number 194. Andrew  Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University. March 2009.


Presented Papers

“Mind the Gap: A Decomposition of VAT Collection Shortfalls.”, Selected paper. Southern Economic Association – 2012

“A Location Analysis of Landscape Plant Retail Outlet Markets in Georgia.” (with S. Turner, L. Gunter, F. Steglin), Selected paper. Southern Agricultural Economics Association - 2004

 “Identifying Target Markets for Landscape Plant Retail Outlets.”(with S. Turner, L. Gunter, F. Steglin), Selected Paper.  American Agricultural Economics Association – 2003

“Changing Target Markets for Landscape Plant Retail Outlets.” (with S. Turner, L. Gunter, F Steglin),  Selected Paper. Southern Nursery Association - 2003

“An Analysis of Historical Catalog Prices for Selected Woody Ornamentals.” (with F. Steglin, S. Turner, R. McNeil),  Selected Paper. Southern Nursery Association – 2003


Works in Progress

“Mind the Gap: A Decomposition of VAT Collection Shortfalls.”

"The Macroeconomic Effects of VAT Evasion and Enforcement."

“Victim-Offender Dynamics of Justified Homicides” (with E. Tekin)

“Military Deployment and Birth Outcomes” (with J. Currie)


Teaching Experience

Graduate Assistant, Georgia State University, August 2008 - December 2011, Economic Development; Applied Econometrics II; Economics of Poverty and Public Policy

Adjunct Faculty, Economics, Armstrong Atlantic State University, January 2006-December 2007,  Economic Analysis of the Law; Principles of Microeconomics; Principles of Macroeconomics


Awards, Affiliations, and Professional Service

Carole Keels Scholarship – Andrew Young School of Public Policy, Georgia State University

University Fellow – Georgia State University

Member – Southern Economic Association, American Economic Association

Referee – Journal of Population Economics, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics


Expert Testimony

Randolph C. Bishop v. Margaret M. Bishop, Superior Court of Chatham County, Civil Action No. DR05-0791-MO. Economic testimony regarding the Consumer Price Index.



Joseph Lawler. “Past Recessions Boosted Health, but Not the Great Recession.” Washington Examiner. July 22, 2013.


Harriet Rowan. “Studies Show More People Shot to Death with ALEC/NRA “Stand Your Ground” Laws.” PRWatch. July 10, 2012.


Laura Matthews. “Texas Castle Doctrine: Homicide Rates Up In Texas, Other States With 'Stand Your Ground’ Laws.” International Business Times. July 2, 2012.


Freakonomics Blog. “Standing Your Ground.” June 29, 2012.


Kay Steiger. “Study: ‘Stand your ground’ laws result in an additional 4 to 7 killings per month.” Raw Story. June 27, 2012.